Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have repelled an attack by suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/ Eastern Security Network (ESN).
According to the Police, in the early hours of Monday, the militia wing of the IPOB came in their numbers from the rear of Obowo Division, which is an ungoverned forest. They threw petrol bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices(IED) that fell on the transit camp and a vehicle and shot sporadically.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abattam, who confirmed the incident, stated that Police Operatives attached to the Division and some of the Command’s tactical teams responded swiftly.
The team engaged the gunmen in a fierce gun duel, prevented them from gaining entrance to the Station, and forced the hoodlums into retreating with various degrees of bullet wounds.
While combing the bush, Police operatives found three undetonated explosives, four expended AK-47 rifle ammunition, five live cartridges, 33 expended cartridges, two masks, one pump action gun, and a motor saw machine.
Apart from the minimal damage on the transit camp and a vehicle, no life was lost. However, the Police Operative who sustained a minor gunshot injury has been treated, he said.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operation and Acting State Commissioner of Police, DCP Maman Giwa, who visited the Station for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation, commended the Officers and men for their gallantry, urging them not to relent in their efforts in combating violent crimes in the State.
DCP Giwa also appealed to Imolites to support and collaborate by giving security agencies, especially the Police, credible and timely information and to report any person seen treating bullet wounds or hiding within the community to the nearest Police Station for prompt action.
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