A police inspector has been killed during an attack by gunmen at Mgbidi divisional police station in Orsu West Local Government Area of Imo State.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Imo, Michael Abattem who confirmed the attack in a statement on Saturday, anoother officer sustained an injury in the attack.
Abattem said the attackers stormed the police station around 9.45 pm in a white Hilux vehicle and stared shoting sporadically in an attempt to gain entrance into the station but were repelled by officers.
He said, “On 14th January, 2022 at about 20:45 hours, the Command’s Tactical teams at Mgbidi Police Station repelled an attack by some hoodlums who came in a white Hilux vehicle shooting sporadically, attempted to gain entrance into the station but were repelled by the ever gallant Imo Command’s Tactical teams and the police operatives of the division who positioned themselves professionally.
“They engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel. In the process, the attackers were suppressed almost immediately, having suffered a huge defeat, with a number of them sustaining various degrees of bullet wounds, they retreated and escaped in the Toyota Hilux vehicle they came with. And were given a hot chase by the police operatives.
“Consequently, a vigorous and aggressive manhunt of the hoodlums is ongoing with the sole aim of tracking and arresting the fleeing hoodlums since they cannot go far because of the huge damage done to them.
“However, in the course of the attack, a police Inspector lost his life, while another sustained minor bullet injury on his hand.”
Rabiu Hussaini, police commissioner in Imo, commended officers and asked them “not to relent in their efforts until all criminal elements and their partners are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law”.
He then appealed to Imolites for the continuous support and collaboration by giving security agencies especially the Police, credible and timely information and to report any person seen treating bullet wounds or hiding within the community to the nearest police station for prompt action.
KanyiDaily had also reported how some officers of Rivers State Police Command were detained by gunmen who broke into the Okrika Police Division and freed detainees.