Five police officers have been declared missing in Rivers state. The police officers were said to gone missing during an ambush by some gunmen in Okujagu community, Okrika local government area of Rivers state.

Rivers command police spokesperson, Ahmad Muhammad said the officers alongside their colleagues were involved in an ambush on Wednesday, May 25.

“The policemen went to Okujagu community on a routine police inquiry when they were ambushed by unknown gunmen before they could disembark from the boat that ferried them, they were bombarded with a barrage of heavy gunfire which forced them to scamper for cover and by the time the firing ended,” Muhammad said.

He added that six police officers including two inspectors and four other rank and file were earlier unaccounted for.

“But a day after Inspector Aferuan Imoukhuede who was among the missing policemen was rescued,” he said. The spokesperson said various operations by the Rivers state command is under way to ensure the rescue of the remaining missing officers.

He said 53 suspects have also been arrested in connection with the incident in Okrika and are currently being interrogated.

Though it’s highly unlikely they would be found alive as their is high militant activity in the area.