- Unknown gunmen attacked and shot Usman Ndanbabo, an assistant commissioner of police in Ughelli, Delta state
- He was attacked on Sunday night at about 8pm while returning from an outing
- The incident has generated anxiety among residents of Ughelli and the neighbouring towns
There was pandemonium in Ughelli, Delta state on Sunday night, May 7, as unknown gunmen attacked and shot the area commander of the Ughelli area command of the Delta state police command, ACP Usman Ndanbabo.
The Nation reports that Ndanbabo was shot twice at close range.
A senior police officer at the command, who spoke on anonymous condition said: “He was returning from an outing at about 8:00p.m in his Nissan SUV when he noticed that a Toyota car had been trailing him. He tried fleeing from his car when he got to the roundabout opposite the palace of the Ovie of Ughelli, along Isoko Road, but his assailants opened fire on him, shooting him on the back and his stomach and left him to die.
“He was immediately rushed to a private clinic at Ughelli for medical attention, but was referred to another private clinic in Warri for treatment owing to the gravity of the gunshot wounds.”
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The reason for the attack is yet unknown.
The Delta state commissioner of police, Zanna Ibrahim, confirmed the incident.
He said Ndanbabo was already receiving medical attention from his gunshot wounds.
Ibrahim said investigation into the incident had begun and more details would become available as soon as the victim regains more of his strength.
“I’ve just visited him in the hospital and he’s stabilising. No arrest has been made yet, that will depend on what he tells us about what happened and we cannot extract anything from him for now because he’s in the intensive care unit.
“Though we spoke to him, we wouldn’t want to stress him with so many questions for now, but by the time he’s out of the ICU we will be able to know exactly what happened because he was alone in the vehicle, he was driving alone. Only him can tell us what happened,” he stated.
Ibrahim added that the command would ensure that the hoodlums who attacked him were brought to book.
The Punch reports that this is the second time Ndanbabo was being attacked since he assumed office at the command.
Also, when he led over 60 policemen to raid a farmland being forcefully occupied by herdsmen at Ohoro community in Ughelli North, he came under heavy attack by arms wielding Fulani herdsmen.
In the past couple of weeks, the crime rate within Ughelli town and its environs has been on the increase.
There has been series of kidnappings and killings leading to regular patrols as well as stop and search operations by security operatives in the area.
In the NAIJ.com video below, farmers lament the high rate of kidnapping in Lagos.