By Ovie Okpare
Three policemen attached to the Umutu Divisional Police Headquarters in Delta State have been reportedly murdered by unknown gunmen.
NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online gathered that the deceased were killed at a checkpoint on Wednesday morning by armed hoodlums.
The incident happened around 7:40am.
The incident occurred at a checkpoint mounted by the late officers along the Obeti/Oliogo Road in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State.
Local sources told our correspondent that 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 told NIGER DELTA TODAY.
Palpable tension is said to have gripped residents of Umutu, Obeti and Oliogo and other neighbouring communities following the development.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack at the time of filing this report.
However, efforts to confirm the sad incident from the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe, proved abortive.