- Some unknown gunmen who wanted to attack another police station in Imo state have been killed
- Security operatives neutralised them after repelling their attack in a gun battle that lasted several hours
- Seven vehicles belonging to the gunmen were also recovered by the security operatives
Some unknown gunmen on Thursday night, May 6, attempted to attack Orlu Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo state.
Legit.ng gathers that they also recovered seven vehicles the attackers came with for the operation.
The gun battle between the gunmen and the security operatives was said to have lasted several hours.
The gun duel created panic as people scampered for safety making the roads in Orlu town and its environs completely deserted.
Also reporting the incident, The Nation stated that the state's police spokesperson could not be reached but a senior policeman whose name was not mentioned confirmed the development.
The senior police officer reportedly said the corpses of the hoodlums and their vehicles had been taken to the police command headquarters in Owerri.
He disclosed the police divisional headquarters was not razed neither was any security personnel killed in the attack.
Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodinma has assured residents of Imo that their safety is guaranteed despite the pocket of attacks witnessed in the state in recent times.
The governor made the declaration on Wednesday, May 5 when he presented vehicles and gadgets to security agencies in the state.
Governor Uzodinma also warned criminal elements to steer clear of Imo, saying his administration will not condone any act of criminality in the state anymore.
In another related development, a suspect allegedly sponsoring the recent attacks in Imo state has been nabbed by security operatives in Aboha-Ohi around lifeline Assembly Owerri/Orlu road.
The suspect was identified as Nnamdi Okafor from the Amanachi community in Orsu local government area of the state.
The 42-year-old has been linked to the killings, burning of police stations as well as the Owerri correctional centre.