By Ikpechukwu Ojobor
Unknown gunmen have attacked another Police Station in Ebonyi State, with one Police officer reportedly shot dead.
It was learned that the assailants invaded the Unwana Police Division in Afikpo Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.
In a statement on on Sunday, the police spokesman in the state, Loveth Odah, said that the attackers invaded the Police Division at about 3 am Sunday, October 24, 2021.
She stated that the yet to be identified gunmen suspected to be members of proscribed IPOB/ESN numbering about 35 attacked Unwana Divisional Headquarters in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
According to her, the attackers on arriving the division started shooting sporadically at the policemen on duty who immediately repelled them in the gun battle that ensued.
“One (1) of the hoodlums was killed and two AK47 rifles/other incriminating items were recovered while others escaped with bullet wound injuries”.
She noted that regrettably, one Police Inspector attached to the Division was fatally wounded, adding that the police operational vehicles were intact and not destroyed.
DSP Odah stated that the Commissioner of Police Ebonyi State Command, CP Aliyu Garba, had embarked on an on the spot assessment of the division, and had also ordered a manhunt on the fleeing hoodlums.
She stated that the CP had appealed to law-abiding citizens of the State to promptly volunteer useful information that would assist the command in the investigation.
DSP Odah further started that preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased suspect had been on the police wanted list for various attacks on police stations, adding that one of the recovered AK-47 rifles had been identified to be the rifle stolen from Ohaukwu Police Division early this month.
Meanwhile, residents of the area said that apart from the police Inspector who was shot dead, 2 others sustained various degrees of injuries.
They noted that there has been palpable fear in the community following the unfortunate attack by the hoodlums.
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