Gunmen set Imo police station ablaze, free suspects

Gun-carrying hoodlums set the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area Divisional Police Headquarters situated at Umuelemai on fire of Imo state.

It was gathered that the hoodlums, who also set detained suspects free struck on Thursday night before 7 pm amidst a downpour.

WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that fleeing gunmen had on March 19, set the same Divisional Police Headquarters on fire.

The attackers freed suspects in detention and kidnapped one of the female cops on duty.

The hoodlums also kidnapped the President General of Luwe Nneri autonomous community, Chima Anwuru, a legal practitioner, who owned a pharmacy shop at Isinweke in the Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of the state.

According to PUNCH, on arrival on Thursday, the hoodlums opened fire on the government facility before setting it on fire.

The cops on duty were said to have fled, making the attackers have a field day.

An indigene of the area said the hoodlums shot repeatedly at the police station, PUNCH reports.

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

He said, “The gunshots were terrifying. They supervised the burning of the place before leaving. Residents in the area tried to quell the fire to ensure that nobody was caught in it.”

The police spokesperson in the state, Mike Abattam, had yet to confirm the attack but a senior official who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident and disclosed that the authorities had commenced investigation.


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