Cultists operating in Ahoada area of Rivers State have killed and beheaded a District Police Officer, Bako Angbashim. The incident happened Friday night at Odumude Community in Ahoada East Local Government Area of the state. Bako, a respected police personnel is notable for his efforts in the fight against cultism, kidnapping and killing in the state.
The police DPO, who had served at Bori Police Divisional Headquarters in Khana LGA, and restored sanity in the area, was this year deployed to Ahoada communities being terrorized by devil-minded cultists in the move to exterminate the cultists in the area. Ahoada communities including Odumude, Odumereni, Odemusoma and Ihugbogo, Odieke and others have been at the mercy of cultists, spurring the police to take one of its best, Bako, to the area.
A source in Odumude, where Bako was killed, had on condition of anonymity, revealed that the cultists operating in the area had warned residents not to report any criminal incident in the area to security agencies. It was learned that Bako upon resumption of duty had mounted pressure on the cultists, sacking them from their camps, while some of the cult leaders out of pressure willfully surrendered their arms. But, on Friday, the cultists in the area re-mobilised back to the forest with the aid of a spiritualist and killed the leader of the special team, Bako.
The Rivers State Police Command has described the development as unfortunate, adding that the culprits must be brought to book. The spokesperson of the command, Grace Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, in a statement narrated that Bako was killed in the forest in an ambush during an onslaught against cultists in Ahoada.