Three members of the Edo State Security Network were gunned down by unidentified gunmen in Okhun Community, in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area.
The assailants, numbering over 10 and shrouded in anonymity, struck on the ominous night of Thursday, September 21, 2023. They unleashed a hail of bullets upon the victims who were dutifully on patrol.
Eyewitness accounts have offered divergent theories regarding the motive behind this heinous act. Some speculate that the attack may be tied to a simmering leadership dispute within the community, while others suspect it to be a chilling reprisal from a secretive cult.
A member of the Emergency Social Safety Net, who preferred to be identified simply as ‘Commander Small Baba,’ bravely confirmed the incident.
He disclosed that he had sustained a wound on his right hand, further underscoring the perilous nature of their mission.
“Today (Thursday night), we got information that some hoodlums were shooting sporadically in Okhun Community,” he said.
“We swung into action immediately upon receiving the information. But we were attacked by the hoodlums. They killed three of my men in the process. I was also shot by the hoodlums, but I managed to escape.”