NIGERIA: Five Officers Killed as Gunmen Attack Another Police Station In Imo
By Ogbonna Ugorji | Daily Times |
In Ehime Mbano, Okigwe South Local Government Area of Imo State, gunmen attacked another police station, killing five officers and leaving one officer missing.
The police station was also destroyed by the armed robbers.
Orlando Ikeokwu, spokesman for the Imo State Police Command, confirmed the incident to Daily Times.
Gunmen broke into the country home of the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of the state, two days ago.
They set fire to part of the building and razed several vehicles in the compound during the attack, killing at least one security official.
The attack was repelled by a joint team of security operatives attached to the building, according to the state’s Commissioner of Information, Declan Emelumba.
Despite the fact that some eyewitnesses blamed the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), the outlawed party has denied responsibility for the assault.
“This morning, gallant security operatives repelled an assault on the Omuma country home of Imo State Governor, Sen Hope Uzodimma,” he said in a tweet.
Imo State has recently been subjected to a slew of attacks, especially against security forces.
Armed men stormed the Imo State Police Command and the Nigerian Correctional Service headquarters in Owerri on April 5, setting fire to the buildings and releasing over 1,800 inmates.
Unfortunately, a stray bullet struck one person suspected of being a fleeing jail prisoner.
Governor Uzodinma, on the other hand, has accused some legislators of supporting banditry to bring down the current All Progressives Congress (APC) government at both the state and federal levels.
Following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, he denounced recent armed bandit attacks on communities and challenged security agencies to disclose the names of their backers as soon as possible.
He also condemned the call for secession, emphasizing that criminals in Imo, in particular, were a mix of people from inside and outside the state.