The Imo State Police Command, Saturday, alleged that the attack on
Agwa Police Station on 05/8/2022 was carried out by ‘hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN)’.
CSP Michael Abattam, the state police public relations officer, stated this in a statement made available to Adadainfo in Owerri.
According to him, “The hoodlums who came in two vehicles and a tipper, shooting sporadically, used the tipper 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, who were fatally hit with a lot of casualties on their side, retreated, escaping in their vehicles.
“The fire which affected a parked private car and some motorcycles was later put off, preventing it from causing more damages.
“Fortunately, the building was not affected. In the attack, two suspects in custody escaped, four police officers gallantly paid the supreme price, while one rifle is yet to be recovered.”
He said the area had been fortified with enough police operatives.
The state commissioner of police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, had visited the scene.
He also visited the Eze of the Community, HRH Eze (Dr) I. O Asor, where he assured him and members of his community of the command’s commitment in ensuring that peace is restored in the area.
He told members of the public to contact the police via 08034773600 and 08098880197 in case of emergencies.