The police have launched a manhunt for gunmen who shot dead seven policemen on Monday night at a checkpoint in Galadimawa, Abuja.
Galadimawa is on the way to Kubwa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The “dare devil men of the underworld” outgunned a police patrol team at a spot close to the gate of the Africa Science and Technology University, it was learnt yesterday.
The policemen were there on a stop-and-search duty.
The police did not state the number of the policemen in the patrol team but said not all of them were killed.
A policeman and some members of the public were said to have been injured.
Commissioner of Police Sadiq Bello vowed that the police would bring the killers to justice.
Bello visited the scene yesterday.
He said the FCT Command’s Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CCIID) was investigating the incident.
Bello commiserated with the families of the deceased officers. He said the Command had deployed proactive security measures to protect lives and property, according to a statement by spokesman Anjuguri Manzah.
The statement said: “The FCT Commissioner of Police has reassured members of the public that the Command has deployed proactive security measures to protect lives and property in the Federal Capital Territory.”
Force spokesman Jimoh Moshood said: “The attack on police personnel and killing of seven policemen in Abuja on Monday is an indication that those who are calling for the disbandment or end to SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) are not doing the nation any good.