Imo State Police Command has confirmed the attack on Agwa Police Station, Oguta Local Government Area, in the late hours of Friday and identified the attackers as suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN).
In the attack, two suspects in custody escaped, four Police Officers lost their lives, and one rifle is yet to be recovered.
According to the Police, the hoodlums forced the gate of the station open using a tipper, which was one of the vehicles they came in, and threw Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) and petrol bombs.
The fire affected a parked private car and some motorcycles but was put out before it got out of control.
“On Friday at about 23:00 am, hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN), attacked Agwa Police Station in their numbers. The hoodlums who came in two vehicles and a tipper, shooting sporadically, used a tipper vehicle in forcing the gate open to gain entrance into the station, throwing Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDS) and petrol bombs.
“The Police operatives of the Division joined by the Command’s Tactical teams gave the hoodlums a stiff resistance, engaging them in a gun duel. The hoodlums, fatally hit with a lot of casualties on their side, retreated, escaping in their vehicles. The area has been fortified with enough Police operatives,” the State Police Spokesperson, CSP Micheal Abattam, stated.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, who went to the scene on confidence-building patrol and the spot assessment of the incident, visited the Eze of the Community, HRH Eze (Dr) I. O Asor, in his Palace, where he assured him and members of his community of the Command’s commitment in ensuring that peace is restored.
The Command further asserted that it would leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators of the dastardly act faced the full wrath of the law.
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