A policeman has been shot dead by gunmen suspected to be bandits after an attack on Okuta Elerinla police station in Akure, Ondo state.
The killed police officer has been identified as Temenu Boluwaji in the attack that happened in the early hours of Monday.
Odunlami Funmilayo, Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State in a statement, said the deceased was hit by a stray bullet during a shootout with the gunmen.
She stated that the motive of the attack on the station remains unknown but officers on duty were able to repel the gunmen.
The police spokesperson added that the state Commissioner of Police has ordered an investigation into the deadly incident.
“Policemen who were alert and alive to their duty repelled them accordingly and the miscreants were unable to gain entrance into the station,” Funmilayo said.
“During the crossfire, one of our gallant station’s guards AP.207538 0INSPR. TEMENU BOLUWAJI was hit by a bullet, he later died on his way to the hospital.
“The commissioner of police, CP Oyeyemi Adesoye Oyediran, has ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the case and ensure the perpetrators are arrested.
“He is also using this medium to encourage the people of the state to go about their lawful duty without fear, as the days of these criminals are numbered.”