Three policemen attached to the Umutu Divisional Police Headquarters in Delta State have been reportedly shut dead by unknown gunmen.
It was gathered that the incident occurred at a checkpoint around 7:40am on Wednesday.
It was further gathered that the checkpoint was mounted by the late officers along the Obeti/Oliogo Road located in Ukwuani Local Government Area of the state.
Local sources said the patrol Toyota Sienna recently donated to the Umutu police division was burnt in the process.
One of sources said the gunmen, after killing the police officers, reportedly went ahead to set them ablaze inside the patrol Toyota Sienna.
“Three police officers attached to the Umutu Division Police Headquarters were attacked and killed on arrival to a checkpoint between Obeti and Oliogo in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta.
“They were burnt beyond recognition in their patrol Toyota Sienna”, a source in the area said.
Following the development, palpable tension was said to have gripped residents of Umutu, Obeti and Oliogo and other neighbouring communities.
No group has, however, claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of filing this report.
Confirming the incident, the Acting Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Edafe Bright, said the CP, Ari Mohammed has directed all Tactical Teams to the area to comb the bushes around in order to arrest the culprits and bring them to book.
“As I speak with you, the CP is in Umutu,” he added.