Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) allegedly attacked the Otoko divisional police headquarters in Obowo LGA, Imo state, at about 3 a.m.
According to Michael Abattam, the Imo police spokesperson, in a statement, no lives were lost during the incident, but that a police officer sustained bullet wounds.
He stated that police officers were successful in repelling the attack and preventing the gunmen from gaining entry into the station, adding that the assailants escaped into the forest, their bodies riddled with bullet wounds.
The police operatives gave them a hot chase and while combing the bush the following items were recovered on the spot: three(3) undetonated explosives, four(4) expended AK 47 RIFLES ammunition, five(5) live cartridges, thirty three(33) expended cartridges, two mask, one pump action gun and a motor saw machine.”
Maman Giwa, the deputy commissioner of police in charge of operations in Imo state, paid a visit to the station to conduct an on-the-spot assessment and praised the officers for their bravery in the face of the gunmen.
In less than one month, this is the third time in Imo state that a police station has been attacked.
On March 19, gunmen attacked and set ablaze the Umuguma divisional police headquarters in the state’s Owerri west local government area (LGA), while an attack was carried out 24 hours later on the Omuma divisional police headquarters in the state’s Oru East LGA.
Writing by Chinazo Ilechukwu; Editing by Saadatu Albashir