Unidentified gunmen yesterday [Dec. 22] killed three policemen, including an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), as the victims tried to prevent the hoodlums from attacking the family of Jerry Needam, the Special Adviser to the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Felix Obuah.
According to The Guardian, that the armed men engaged the police in a fierce gun battle after receiving a distressed call from Needam whose residence was attacked yesterday morning. The compound and vehicles therein were riddled with bullets after the assailants had forcefully gained entrance.
An eyewitness who preferred anonymity disclosed that the incident lasted for about two hours. According to him, at the end of duel, three policemen lost their lives while two other officers and Needam’s security guard sustained varying gunshot injuries. The victims, it was further learnt, were taken to a private hospital in Port Harcourt for treatment.
Reacting, Needam said the hoodlums were sent by his political opponents who desperately wanted him silenced following his strong political views and penchant for speaking the truth. He, however, expressed faith in the state Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo’s ability and that of the police command to investigate the matter and fish out those behind the assassination attempt on his life and entire household.
He commended the prompt response of the police to the distress call and their demonstration of professionalism during the encounter. Needam also expressed gratitude to God who saved his life and that of his family as well as to his friends and well-wishers, who on hearing the news of the condemnable incident, called to show concern and wished him God’s protection.