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Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commiserated with the Delta police command and families of police officers killed by unknown gunmen in Anambra State.
The names of the deceased officers were given as Inspector Lucky Aleh, Inspector Celestine Nwadiokwu, and Inspector Jude Obuh were attached to the Explosives Ordinance Disposal EOD Unit in Government House, Asaba.
The Eastern Updates gathered that were killed on Friday along Ihiala-Orlu Road.
Addressing journalists, the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, said the governor was deeply touched by the murder of the officers, narrating how they were ambushed by the assailants.
“We bring you the sad news of our very gallant officers who have helped us in maintaining peace in our state; (they were) attached to the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) in Government House, Asaba.
“The officers met their untimely death while they were proceeding as an advanced team for the PDP national campaign rally in Abia; unfortunately this particular team veered off from the convoy and took another route different from where the convoy was taking.
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‘They were ambushed along the Ihiala-Orlu Road enroute Umuahia by non-state actors who eventually killed three of them in police uniform while the one in mufti escaped.
‘We have recovered their corpses, and we have also reached out to their families,’ Aniagwu said.
Aniagwu said the late officers would be greatly missed for their contributions to the peace and development of Delta, even as he described the unfortunate incident as barbaric and unacceptable in a country seeking to be united again for peace and development. He said some accounts of the unfortunate incident trending on social media was untrue, adding that the state government delayed announcing their untimely death because efforts were being made to reach out to their families before making the announcement.
The commissioner called on security agencies in the country to fish out the killers and bring them to book so that Nigerians can once again live peacefully in any part of the country.