BEVERLY HILLS, April 08, (THEWILL) – Gunmen have attacked the Mbieri Divisional police headquarters, in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.
The attack, THEWILL learnt, occurred on Wednesday night; making the seventh police station hit by gunmen in Imo State between January and April.
According to sources, the gunmen vandalised the police building and freed suspects in detention.
They reportedly arrived in the late hours of Wednesday night with sophisticated weapons and shot sporadically before gaining access into the police facility.
About two police officers were injured and another reportedly abducted.
Confirming the attack, Spokesman of the State Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu, said “the Mbieri police station was attacked very late on Wednesday night, but the attackers were repelled by the officers on duty.”
Ikeokwu said one of the officers is still missing while two are injured and receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. He also confirmed that some suspects in the police custody were freed.
Meanwhile, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has blamed the recent attack on security facilities in the state on aggrieved politicians, saying their aim was to destabilise his government and that of President Buhari.
He made this known on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
When asked if the tragic incident was a direct attack on his government, the government replied in the affirmative.
“It is not only on my government, it is both on my government and the Federal Government. We have credible evidence leading to those who paid the hoodlums, where they met, and how they met. Security agencies are already working with this information,” he said.
“Some people are trying to sponsor a synchronise national crisis to bring the government of Muhammadu Buhari to disrepute, otherwise tell me why these things are happening at this time, particularly in Imo, APC state.
“People are sponsoring these people. Some of them already caught have made confessional statements. I am going to forward my report to the central government”, he said.