Police stations and safety checkpoints focused in River State amid deteriorating safety within the nation.
Gunmen have killed not less than seven Nigerian cops in an evening of assaults within the southern oil hub of Rivers State, police mentioned on Saturday.
The attackers opened hearth on a checkpoint on Friday night, then drove on to hit two police stations, the assertion mentioned. Officers fired again, killing two of the raiders and injuring a number of the others who escaped in a stolen automobile, police added.
The killings got here amid deteriorating safety in Rivers State – whose capital, Port Harcourt, is the gateway to the oil-rich Niger Delta area – and different elements of Africa’s largest crude exporter.
Final month, Rivers State banned folks from crossing its borders at evening in a bid to cease killings of police, customs officers, civil defence officers and troopers.
On Friday, the armed males drove up in two Toyota Hilux vans at 19:30 GMT and killed two officers at a checkpoint at Choba Bridge, police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni mentioned in an announcement.
The gunmen then killed two extra officers and set hearth to a patrol automobile at Rumuji police station, Omoni added. Police fired again there and killed two of the attackers, he mentioned.
The remaining assailants then hit Elimgbu police station, killing three officers earlier than fleeing underneath hearth from police, the assertion added. The lads escaped “with numerous levels of gunshot wounds” in a stolen automobile, Omoni mentioned.
The attackers stole 5 assault rifles, and police had launched a manhunt, he added.
Nigeria’s parliament final week known as on the presidency, armed forces and police to handle mounting insecurity, with the decrease home urging President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency.
Since December, bandits have kidnapped greater than 700 folks from faculties within the northwest, armed teams have killed scores of troopers and civilians within the northeast and kidnapping and crime have elevated nationwide.