The divisional police officer who was beheaded during a fierce battle with bandits in Rivers State was deserted by his men who retreated due to lack of arms.
Mr Bako Angbashim was killed on Saturday. A viral video had shown his multilated body when he led assault on criminals.
The state police commissioner, CP Emeka Nwonyi, in a release signed his PPRO, Grace Iringe-Koko, clarified how the slain officer was killed.
According to the statement, “In an unfortunate incident on the evening of September 8, 2023, the DPO of Ahoda Division, SP Bako Angbashim, displayed exemplary courage during a mission to combat criminal activities in the Odumude area of Ahoada East Local Government Area in Rivers State.
“SP Bako Angbashim, alongside his dedicated team, embarked on a raid of known criminal black spots in the region. The operation led to a pursuit of criminals from their concealed hideouts.
“Tragically, as they were returning from this operation, they were ambushed by a significant number of criminals who opened fire on the brave officers. In the face of this adversity, SP Bako Angbashim valiantly held his ground, while his men, depleted of ammunition, made a tactical retreat.
“Regrettably, during this engagement, SP Bako Angbashim sustained fatal injuries, and one of his informants was also injured, currently receiving medical care for a gunshot wound.
“The criminals seized the body of SP Bako Angbashim, forcing the remaining officers to return to their base for reinforcement. Efforts were made to rescue and recover the DPO’s body, with assistance sought from the Army teams stationed at FOB Base Etraco.
“However, the operation proved challenging due to the extremely dark conditions within the dense bush. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of SP Bako Angbashim and all those affected by this distressing incident.”