BY Anayima Abo
Hoodlums in the early hours of Tuesday December 1st 2020 shot the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), a Superintendent of Police, Yahaya Pawa in charge of Otukpo Police Station in Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State.
The incident, according to a source in the area occurred, when the DPO led his team to arrest suspected criminals at Otukpo-Icho, a suburb of Otukpo.
Elanza news gathered that the suspected criminals were alleged to be selling stolen goods which were looted during the recent fire outbreak in Otukpo main market.
A source who identified himself as Adole said, “some hoodlums have seized the opportunity of the fire incident in Otukpo main market recently to loot shop owners.
“The lid blown up when the suspects were found to be selling the stolen goods such as clothes and utensils at the community.
“People in the community decided to inform policemen and a team of policemen led by the DPO who embarked on search operation early hours of today (Tuesday).
“In the process of arresting some suspects, the suspected criminals shot at the DPO and ran away.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the incident said that the DPO was in stable condition.
“It is true that Otukpo DPO was shot when he led a team of policemen on operation, he was shot in the arm but he is in stable condition”, Anene said.
It was further gathered that the DPO is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Otukpo.