The Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division, SP Bako Angbashim, lost his life during a shootout with criminal elements in the State.
The DPO led his team on a raid of known blackspots in Odumude Area of Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State when they were ambushed by a large number of criminals who opened fire on the team.
The Policemen returned the gunfire until they reportedly ran out of ammunition and made a tactical retreat in the absence of any reinforcements.
Unfortunately, the DPO was fatally injured and his body was seized by the hoodlums, while a Police informant was also injured.
In a gory video, the dismembered remains of the SP Bako could be seen, while a voice is heard mocking him.
Confirming the incident, the State Police Spokesperson, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, vowed that the Command will not rest until justice is served.
She said, “In an unfortunate incident on 8th of September ,2023, the DPO of Ahoada Division, SP Bako Angbashim, displayed exemplary courage during a mission to combat criminal activities in the Odumude Area of Ahoada East Local Government Area in Rivers State.
“SP Bako Angbashim, alongside his dedicated team, embarked on a raid of known criminal blackspots in the region. The operation led to a pursuit of criminals from their concealed hideouts. Tragically, as they were returning from this operation, they were ambushed by a significant number of criminals who opened fire on the brave officers.
“In the face of this adversity, SP Bako Angbashim valiantly held his ground, while his men, depleted of ammunition, made a tactical retreat. Regrettably, during this engagement, SP Bako Angbashim sustained fatal injuries, and one of his informants was also injured, currently receiving medical care for a gunshot wound.
“The criminals seized the body of SP Bako Angbashim, forcing the remaining officers to return to their base for reinforcement. Efforts were made to rescue and recover the DPO’s body, with assistance sought from the Army teams stationed at FOB Base Etraco.
“However, the operation proved challenging due to the extremely dark conditions within the dense bush.
“The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Nwonyi Polycarp Emeka, PhD, has expressed deep determination to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice.
“An extensive investigation is currently underway to uncover the circumstances surrounding this tragic event.”