- An attempt to ransack a police station in Ebonyi has been resisted by gallant officers on duty
- One of the attackers met his end as he was gunned down while a police officer suffered injuries
- There have been coordinated attacks across the southeast on security personnel and facilities in the last few weeks
Police operatives in Ebonyi on Tuesday, April 6, repelled another attack by gunmen on their station in the state.
Vanguard reports that one of the assailants was killed in the shootout with the police, adding that one of the operatives who repelled the attack, was injured and rushed to a hospital for treatment.
The incident happened at Ugbodo police station in Ebonyi local government area of the state.
It was learnt that a gallon of petrol was also found near the dead gunman, which was believed was to be used to set the station ablaze.
The Nation reports that its efforts to speak to the commissioner of police in the state, Aliyu Garba, and the spokesperson, Loveth Odah were not successful.
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the incident via social media.
Dr. Dare Tankwo wrote on Twitter:
“The third incident in less than a week. These attacks are definitely coordinated. Buhari and Osinbajo must find a novel solution. Killing and arresting the criminals didn't work in the northeast. It's the same playbook used in the northeast being used in the southeast and the government should not be caught flat-footed.”
Suleiman Kende asks:
“How do you expect the police to defend themselves with those old outdated guns while our leaders enjoy our national funds with their families?”
Sadeeq Sani wrote on Facebook
“I hope President Muhammadu Buhari will do everything possible in tackling this matter of gunmen before getting out of hand.”
Nzewuji Albert wrote:
“But they could not repel Fulani herdsmen that killed people there or even arrest them.”
Patrick Anokwuru Jnr wrote:
“What's happening in the southeast. The attack on security facilities is becoming too much.”
Recall that gunmen on Tuesday, April 6, burnt down the Ehime Mbano local government area divisional police headquarters in Imo state.
The attack came hours after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the just sacked Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, and other government functionaries visited the state.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered relevant agencies of the federal government to end what he called anarchy in Imo. The president condemned the attack that took place recently in the state.
This was disclosed by a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu. According to him, Buhari also ordered security and intelligence agencies in the state and the geo-political zone to fully mobilise and go after the assailants.