Gunmen Attack Police Facility in Imo State
The police in Imo Friday repelled a ‘deadly attack’ by members of an outlawed group, an fficial has said.
Friday’s attack is the fifth on police facilities in the Imo state.
Police spokesperson Michael Abattam, in a Friday statement, said the attack was carried out by suspected members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on the Mbieri Police Divisional Headquarters, though Charity Reporters is yet to confirm the actual culprits.
Mr Abbatam said the gunmen used explosives. He said the explosives caused minimal damage to some ‘unserviceable vehicles and some windows’ in the facility.
“The hoodlums, who threw improvised explosive devices into the station and shot sporadically overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the combat-ready police operatives, forcing them to retreat in panic, escaping in their vehicles,” he said.
“No life was lost or injury sustained by the operatives and no arms/ammunition were carted away,” the police spokesperson added.
Mr Abbatam said the acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Maman Giwa, enjoined residents of the state to continue to support efforts against insecurity by “giving security agencies especially the police credible and timely information for prompt action”.
He said the command has begun an investigation into the incident and other efforts are being made to arrest the culprits.
The hostilities against security operatives have increased in recent weeks.
Lately, gunmen had attacked police facilities in Okwelle, Omuma, Isu, and Umuguma, where at least two police officers feared dead and several vehicles razed.
These attacks, which happened in the state in the last one month is suspected to have been linked to Fulani herders.