July 27, (THEWILL) – The Imo State Police Command on Tuesday said its operatives have neutralised six bandits and arrested 11 others in Omuma town, in Oru East Local Government Area.
The slain Divisional Police Officer (DPO) has been identified as Fatmann Dooiyor (a Chief Superintendent of Police).
A statement issued by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Michael Abattam, said, “At about 1620 hours, armed bandits in a convoy of three vehicles were repelled in the town.”
The statement quoted the Area Commander, ACP Benjamin Abang, of Omuma Area Command, as saying that the police moved against the criminals based on information received that bandits were sighted moving in a convoy into Omuma town.
“He immediately alerted the tactical teams of the command who swung into action, ambushed and launched an attack on the convoy of the bandits, which resulted in the neutralisation of six of the bandits while eleven (11) of them were arrested to the station.
. The teams later recovered the three vehicles abandoned by the bandits to the station which include two Toyota Highlander SUV vehicles with registration numbers ABIA MBL 517 AT and LAGOS JJJ 984 EL respectively and a milk-colour unregistered Lexus Jeep to the station.”
The statement pointed out that the command’s tactical teams and special forces, led by ACP Evans E. Shem, were combing the bush for possible arresting of the bandits that fled.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Abutu Yaro, has warned bandits with a penchant for sporadic incursion from neighbouring states to keep off the state or face the dire consequences.