The Nigeria Police Force, Delta State Command says no curfew has been declared in Okpanam of the state following Sunday’s killing of three policemen by unknown gunmen in the community.
Recall that the deceased policemen were attacked in the early hours of Sunday at the gate of the Okpanam Division of the Nigeria Police in Oshimili North Local Government Area by the gunmen while they were driving out in response to a distress call by members of the Okpanam vigilante outfit, who were attacked at about 4.35am also by gunmen.
In a statement on Tuesday, the spokesperson for the Command, DSP Bright Edafe, said two suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack on the police patrol team adding that no curfew is in force over the incident in Okpanam community.
DSP Edafe said in the statement, “The attention of Delta State Police Command has been drawn to the rumour-making round that a “6-6 curfew has been declared in Okpanam with effect from 26/7/22 to enable security agencies carry out their job”.
“This is not only laughable but completely ridiculous and a lie put up by some mischievous persons to cause confusion among residents of the community. The Command wishes to emphatically state that there is no curfew declared in Okpanam community and as a matter of fact, Okpanam community is calm and two suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident that led to the death of three Policemen in the early hours of Sunday 24/7/2022 and the Command is closing up on the other members of the gang.
“The Commissioner of Police Delta State, CP Ari Muhammed Ali, is assuring members of the public, particularly residents of Okpanam community that they should go about their lawful business(es) without fear as the Command is not only able and willing but also committed to the protection life and property in the state.”