Unidentified gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday killed two police officers in Cross River State, Nigeria’s South-south, bringing the total number of officers killed within the last 6 days to six.
Four police officers were previously murdered, on February 25, in Calabar, by some gunmen.
The police spokesperson, Irene Ugbo, who confirmed the latest killing to reporters, said the attack occurred in Obubra, in the central part of Cross River State.
“We lost two of our policemen, one is being hospitalised,” said Ms. Ugbo, a deputy superintendent of police.
“Early this morning, the CP has deployed men, so our tactical team is there, we are waiting for the outcome of the operation.
“The information we got was that during the operation (attack by the gunmen), the bad boys would shout one particular thing – IPOB and all that.
When asked if she thought these were coordinated attacks on the police in Cross River State, Ugbo said that the police are not sure yet.
“We wouldn’t know what these people want because some days ago some of our men were killed in Calabar, and now this one is happening. I think it’s a planned thing, they are up to something which we need to tackle quickly.
“But if we don’t get information, how are we going to tackle it, this thing could continue to reoccur,” she responded.
There have been series of attacks lately on police officers and police facilities in some states within Nigeria’s South-east and South-south regions.
If the deadly attacks on the Nigerian police continue, some security experts believe, it could complicate the already deteriorating security situation in the country.
Nigeria is already grappling with Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, banditry in some parts of the north, kidnapping, and the perennial clashes between herders and farmers in several other parts of the country.