Just In: Panic as Gunmen Set Another Police Station Ablaze in Southeast State, Free Suspects

Just In: Panic as Gunmen Set Another Police Station Ablaze in Southeast State, Free Suspects

  • Imo state has continued to be a hotbed of violence in the southeast region, recording security breaches almost every day
  • In Umuelemai, Isiala Mbano local government area of the state, unknown gunmen have attacked a police station again
  • The attackers were said to have freed suspects detained at the police station and set the facility on fire

Isiala Mbano LGA, Imo state - Suspected hoodlums have again struck in Imo state, setting ablaze the Divisional Police Headquarters in Umuelemai, Isiala Mbano local government area.

The Punch reported that the gun-carrying hoodlums who set the suspects free struck amidst a downpour on Thursday night, October 21.

Gunmen Set Another Police Station Ablaze in Imo State, Free Suspects
A police station was torched late July 27, 2009, by Muslim fundamentalists in Potiskum, Yobe state in northern Nigeria. Photo credit: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP
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It was gathered that the policemen on duty fled, making the attackers have a field day, Sahara Reporters also stated.

According to the newspaper, an indigene of the area who spoke anonymously said that the hoodlums shot repeatedly at the police station.

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He said:

“The gunshots were terrifying. We were terribly tense owing to the gunshots. They supervised the burning of the place before living.”

Legit.ng gathers, however, that the attack is yet to be confirmed by the police command in the state.

Nevertheless, The Punch stated that a senior official who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident and disclosed that the authorities had commenced an investigation in the latest onslaught.

Recall that some yet-to-be-identified gunmen had on Saturday, March 20, set the same Divisional Police Headquarters on fire.

Apart from freeing suspects in detention, the attackers kidnapped one of the female cops on duty on that day.

Traditional rulers shot dead during meeting in Imo

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that gunmen on Tuesday, October 19, opened fire on traditional rulers during a meeting at Njaba local government area in Imo state.

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Three traditional rulers at the meeting were reported to have been shot dead by the gunmen, though the police eventually confirmed two.

They were having their meeting in the Njaba local government area when the shooting occurred.

Hope Uzodimma describes attack on traditional rulers as shocking

Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma has expressed shock over the killing of the traditional rulers in Imo state.

Writing on his official Facebook page, the Imo state governor noted:

“The news of the attack on traditional rulers of Njaba local government area by some hoodlums, which resulted in some casualties, came to me with a rude shock and this is a clear exhibition of wickedness and desecration of sacred stool."

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Earlier, Governor Uzodimma, pained by the recent killing of security operatives and extensive destruction of property at Izombe in Oguta local government area of Imo state, vowed that the perpetrators of the mayhem would be unmasked and brought to justice.

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He also promised that his government will set up a Panel of Inquiry that will look into the immediate and remote causes of the crises and make recommendations that will help stop further occurrences.

Addressing newsmen in the company of military and police authorities, the governor expressed dismay over the ugly incident, particularly a situation where bandits confronted the military patrol, burnt their vehicle, abducted and killed two soldiers, and made away with their rifles.

Source: Legit.ng

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