- A huge section of the Bende police divisional headquarters in Abia has been destroyed
- The happened on Thursday, May 13, after gunmen set the building ablaze
- The criminals also burnt a lot of vehicles parked in the premises and opened fire at some police personnel
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Recent ugly developments in Abia point to the fact that criminals are trying to make a strong statement and a threatening impression.
Another set of gunmen on Thursday, May 13, set ablaze the police divisional headquarters in the Bende local government area of the state.
The Cable reports that the armed gang invaded the station and went ahead to open fire on officers.
From Daily Nigerian's report, the criminals burnt vehicles parked within the building.
A resident who spoke with journalists said:
“We heard series of gunshots, and when we rushed outside, we saw the station on fire."
It was gathered that the tragedy happened not long after Governor Okezie Ikpeazu left the area where he organised a reception for Honourable Nnenna Ukeje, the immediate past House of Representatives member who represented Bende Federal Constituency.
A superintendent of police in Lagos who spoke with Legit.ng on condition of anonymity said the attacks on public security infrastructure are increasing in Nigeria due to the decay in government and the obsolete nature of the police system.
He noted that the country is still following the old British ordinances that set the security architecture in such a way that the high and mighty are protected against the people, hence the frustration among the masses.
Even more, the top police operative pointed out that a lot needs to be done to catch up with and overtake the trend in criminality.
"Some police officers mingle with persons they are supposed to protect the people from and unknowingly forget their primary duties because there is hopelessness in the land.
"If this continues, there will be more attacks from those who ordinarily are not into crimes, leading to anarchy if care is not taken."
Earlier, the Abia office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) located in the Amaekpu Ohafia local government area of the state was set ablaze by gunmen on Tuesday, May 11.
However, confirming the attack to Daily Trust on Tuesday, the state commandant of the agency, Akingbade Bamidele, revealed that no casualty was recorded.
Bamidele said the partial destruction of the building took place in the early hours of the morning. He added that none of the NDLEA's documents were damaged as they were all kept in a fire-proof safe.
Also, the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state had been set ablaze.
Legit.ng gathered that the incident happened on the night of Sunday, May 9, days after the commission’s office in Akwa Ibom was set ablaze by unknown men.
Joseph Iloh, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state, confirmed the incident when the commission met on Monday, May 10, to discuss a wide range of issues.