August 14, (THEWILL) – Five persons were killed on Saturday as hoodlums suspected to be IPOB/ESN members invaded Izombe Police Divisional headquarters in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.
The police spokesperson for the command, Michael Abattam, who confirmed the attack, said that five persons, which included two cops and three hoodlums, died in the attack.
According to him, the gunmen who came in their numbers on Friday, August 13th attempted to gain access into the police division but were repelled by the policemen, during which there was exchange of gunfire.
Abattam said, “On August 13, at about 02:45 hours, armed bandits suspected to be members of the proscribed IPOB/ESN terror group, came in their numbers to attack Izombe Police Station but could not gain access to the station due to the swift response of the ever alert Imo Command’s Tactical teams and Personnel of Operation Restore Peace of the command who intercepted and repelled the bandits.
“The bandits who on sighting the police engaged them in a gun duel were subdued, due to the superior fire power of the police.
“They fled into the bush and in the process three of the bandits were overpowered and their arms, one pump action gun with two rounds of live cartridges and one locally made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges were recovered from them to the station.
“While others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds, unfortunately, the Command lost two of its gallant officers in the attack.
“Also hospitals are advised to ensure that they report any person(s) who come to them for treatment of bullet wounds.”