One dead, others injured as militants invade marine police base

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Suspected militants invaded the marine base in Iwopin community in Ogun Waterside local government area

A policeman was killed in the attack while two others were shot

This attack is coming barely two weeks after militants attacked a businessman in the community and killed three vigilante members

The marine police base in Iwopin community in Ogun Waterside local government area was attacked by suspected militants.

Premium Times reports that a policeman identified as Segun Akinola was killed during the attack.

Witnesses said the heavily armed militants stormed the base on Thursday night, and shot two other policemen. After the attack, they left with a police gun boat.

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According to a police official who escaped the attack, they could not fight back as they were “ill-equipped”.

“The militants were armed to the teeth. They arrived the Marine Base and started shooting. They killed a marine police man who was on duty; one Sergeant Segun Akinola.

“Two other policemen were shot and they were rushed to the hospital. It is sad that the marine base which is one of the oldest in the country is not equipped. That is why the militants can attack successfully. The militants went away with a police speed gun boat in the base,” he said.

The Ogun state police command spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the killing.

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For months, suspected militants have held Ogun riverine communities hostage.

Two weeks ago, militants attacked a businessman and killed three vigilante members in the community. The militants were said to have stolen N4.2 million when they attacked the home of the businessman.

A source disclosed that the militants had sent a letter to the community two weeks ago to inform the police that they would be attacking.

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