Recently, there have been series of deadly attacks on officers of the Nigeria Police where stations, vehicles and other properties were burnt down. According to reports, no fewer than 28 officers have allegedly lost their lives in the past three months. The officers were either killed by unknown gunmen, hacked to death or set ablaze by hoodlums.
Just last month, February 2021, at least ten different attacks on police officers were recorded.
On February 1, unknown gunmen killed a policeman at Atakumosa West, Osun State. On that same day, another officer was murdered at Isiala Ngwa North in Abia State. On February 5, two policemen were killed in an attack at Obowo Police Division in Umulowe Autonomous Community in Imo State.
Recall that last week, February 23, hoodlums numbering about 200 armed with ammunitions invaded Abayi Police Station at Osisioma, Aba in Abia State where two officers identified as Vincent Gonze and Sergeant Emmanuel Okoronkwo were killed during the attack. The attackers also set part of the division ablaze with the help of petrol bombs and other explosives.
In the same vein, four policemen manning a checkpoint at Nkpologwu community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State were killed by gunmen, who according to reports, were said to have arrived at the scene in two vehicles and carted away their rifles and burnt their patrol vehicle on February 24. That same day, a policeman was killed at Ekwulobia in Anambra State and another patrol vehicle razed. The following day, gunmen suspected to be cultists killed four policemen in Calabar, Cross River State.
More also, Four police officers were killed on January 15 after armed bandits numbering over 100 attacked their convoy along the Birnin Gwari-Funtua highway. It was gathered that, the officers alongside 11 others were returning to their base in Kano from Niger State. Three cops were murdered on January 8 when gunmen attacked a station in Ebonyi State and three others identified as Inspectors Simon Madaki, Mutari Lawal and Sergeant Adamu Ibraham were killed on January 10 by armed men in Ughelli, Delta State
Also reported, was an Assistant Superintendent (ASP) and a Corporal who were killed on January 23 after gunmen invaded a police station in Aba, Abia State.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force has vowed to do everything legally permissible to curb the attacks on its men and facilities. Police spokesman and Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, said this would include the use of force.