Four policemen have been killed by unknown gunmen after they invaded Agwa Divisional Police headquarters in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo state.
It was gathered that the incident took place on Friday night, August 5. The unknown gunmen were said to have gone to the house of an Okada rider, identified simply as Ejike, shot him dead, and shot his wife before fleeing the community.
According to an eyewitness, the unknown gunmen came in two vehicles and a tipper, shooting sporadically, and used a tipper vehicle in forcing the gate open to gain entrance into the station.
The witness, who pleaded anonymity, explained that the criminals threw Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDS) and petrol bombs.
A source said,” They came in a tipper and two sienna vehicles shooting indiscriminately and we all ran into our houses. It was around 10 and 11pm.
“It was this morning that we heard that they were criminals and they attacked the police division, killed four policemen and burnt vehicles there.”
Another witness said he was in his house when he started hearing sounds of gunshots and he didn’t bother coming outside.
He said, “I was already inside when I started hearings sounds of gunshots. I didn’t bother coming outside because it was safer to stay indoors than to come outside.
The police operatives of the division joined by the Command’s Tactical Teams gave the hoodlums a stiff resistance, engaging them in a gun duel. The hoodlums who were fatally hit with a lot of casualties on their side, retreated, escaping in their vehicles.
The fire which affected a parked private car and some motorcycles were later put off, preventing it from causing more damage.
TheNewsGuru.com reports that the building of the police station was not affected.
The spokesperson of the state police command, CSP Michael Abattam, confirmed the attack.
He said two suspects in custody escaped, four police officers gallantly paid the supreme price, while one rifle is yet to be recovered.
TheNewsGuru.com recalls that sometime March 2022 Gunmen attacked the Umuguma Police station in Owerri West council area of Imo and killed two officers on duty.