Gunmen on Monday attacked Okuta Elerinla Police Division in Akure, Ondo State, killing one of the policemen on duty.
A police source said the hoodlums arrived at the station around 1am with the intention of stealing arms and ammunition from the station.
The source said the bandits were, however, repelled by the officers on duty.
He said, “When they arrived, they met two policemen who were the station guards. The guards repelled the attack.
“One of the station guards rescued the suspects in the police cell and took them to a safe custody while the other engaged the hoodlums. While one of the station guards was trying to look outside if the hoodlums had left, they shot and killed the inspector.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, in a statement, confirmed the incident.
She identified the deceased cop as Inspector Boluwaji Temenu.
The statement read, “On July 25, 2022, around 1am, hoodlums attacked Okuta Elerinla Division in Akure. Policemen, who were at alert and alive to their duty, repelled them accordingly and the miscreants were unable to gain entrance into the station.
“During the crossfire, one of our gallant station guards, AP.2075380 Inspr. Temenu Boluwaji was hit by a bullet; he later died on his way to the hospital.
“The Commissioner of Police, Oyeyemi Adesoye Oyeyemi, has ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the case and ensure the perpetrators are arrested.”