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Suspected looters shoot DPO in Benue

The Divisional Police Officer of Otukpo in Benue State, Yahaya Pawa has been shoot by suspected looters.

Our correspondent gathered that the DPO, a Superintendent of Police, was shot when he led a team of policemen to Otukpo-Icho in order to arrest suspected looters in the early hours of Tuesday.

The suspects were alleged to be selling goods allegedly looted during the recent fire outbreak in Otukpo.

A local in the community who identified herself as Ann said that some hoodlums seized the opportunity of the fire incident in Otukpo main market recently to loot shop.

Ann added that the suspects were later found to be selling the stolen goods within the community.

She said: “In the process of arresting some suspects, they (suspected criminals) shot at the DPO and ran away.”

Tribune Online reports that the DPO is said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Otukpo.

Benue Command spokesperson, DSP, Catherine Anene confirmed the report and said that the DPO is receiving treatment and in stable condition.

“It is true that Otukpo DPO was shot when he led a team of policemen on the operation, he was shot in the arm but he is in stable condition,” Anene said.

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