- There was another attack on a police facility in Owerri West local government area in Imo state on Saturday, March 19
- Two officers were killed after the suspects after set the Divisional Police Headquarters station on fire
- The attack on the police division hasn't been confirmed by the spokesman of the Imo Police Command, Michael Abattam
Gunmen have killed two police officers in in Owerri West local government area of Imo state when they launched an attack Umuguma Divisional Police Headquarters.
Daily Trust reports that the attack occurred early hours of Saturday, March 19, when they set the police facility ablaze.
It was gathered that the incident came a few hours after Isaac Akinmoyede, the assistant inspector-general of police in charge of zone 9, Umuahia left the southeast state after a one-day working visit.
The gunmen who came in three vehicles and 2 motorcycles blocked the roads and threw Improvised electronic devices into the buildings, Vanguard added.
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More than 5 vehicles were destroyed by the explosives. They thereafter waited to attack officers who ran out of the station for safety after setting the building on fire.
According to an eyewitness, two policemen, identified as Ifeanyi and Iyke unfortunately, ran into the rain of bullets.
Micheal Abattam, the spokesperson for the police in Imo state has released a statement confirming the incident.
“The unknown gunmen used dynamite and they threw it on the building and it exploded."
Tension in southeast state as gunmen attack prison officers with dynamites, kill 2
This development is coming few days after gunmen killed two prison officers at Umulolo in Okigwe local government area of Imo state. The attack occurred at the Umulolo axis of the town on Wednesday morning, March 16.
The incident caused panic as people scampered for safety following the explosion that rocked the scene.
A security operative who spoke anonymously, said the prison officers were ambushed by their attackers.
Gunmen bomb police headquarters in Imo state, free detainees
Meanwhile, gunmen attacked the Ideato South local government area police headquarters in Dikenafai, Imo state.
The attack, which took place on Thursday, January 6, saw some detainees set free after the attackers were said to have bombed the facility.
The hoodlums, who came in large numbers destroyed the building with explosives. Part of the facility destroyed include administrative office, the divisional police officer’s office, and the reception desk.