The Niger Police Command has confirmed that hoodlums killed a deputy superintendent of police, Aaron Sunday, serving with Kpakungu Division in Barkin-Sale area in Minna.
The spokesman of police in the state, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the incident in Minna, said it occurred at about 6pm on Friday when the deceased was performing his official duty.
Mr Elkana said that about 13 suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident, adding that the arrested suspects would help police to fish out the rest of the hoodlums.
He said the command had declared war on hoodlums in Minna, and urged parents to advise their wards to desist from taking the law into their hands.
“Any youth caught in the act will be made to face the law; it is high time we stop the madness,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the remains of late Sunday have been deposited at the Minna General Hospital morgue.
The spokesman said the incident occurred few weeks after late Sunday was promoted to the rank of DSP and was the Divisional Crime Officer, DCO, at Kpakungu Division in Minna.
Eyewitnesses who spoke to journalists but pleaded anonymity, said late Sunday led a police team to quell a disturbance by some suspected hoodlums who invaded a wedding party at Barkin-Sale, when the incident occurred.
He said someone sent a distress call to the police that some area boys, intoxicated with Indian Hemp and other dangerous drugs, were harassing innocent people at the venue of the wedding party.
The eyewitness said while the police team was trying to ensure law and order, one of the boys reportedly axed the DSP from behind.
He said the police officer fell in the pool of his blood and died before reaching the hospital.