The Ebonyi Police Command has said only one of its men died in a dawn attack on one of its police stations on Sunday.
This was confirmed by the police spokesperson, Loveth Odah in a statement said the officer died in the attack on Uwana Police station in Afikpo North local government area. She pointed out that one other officer was critically wounded and receiving medical attention in the hospital while another was treated and discharged.
The spokesperson blamed members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra(IPOB) for the attack.
She noted that one of the gunmen was killed while the attack was repelled with the facility and operational vehicle in tact.
She said: “At 0300hrs of today, 24th October 2021 yet to be identified gunmen suspected to be members of proscribed IPOB/ESN numbering about thirty-five (35) attacked Unwana Divisional Headquarters in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, shooting sporadically at the policemen on duty, who immediately repelled the attackers”
“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.
“Regrettably, one Police Inspector attached to the Division was fatally wounded. The Police Facility/Operational vehicles are intact”, she said.
Odah revealed that the deceased suspect had been on the police wanted list for various attacks on police stations.
She said that one of the recovered AK-47 rifles has been identified to be the rifle stolen from Ohaukwu Police Division early this month. The spokesperson said the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, CP Aliyu Garba has embarked on an on the spot assessment of the Division.
According to Odah, Garba also ordered for a manhunt of the fleeing hoodlums.
“The CP appeals to law-abiding citizens of the State to promptly volunteer useful information that will assist the Command in the investigation,” Odah added.
Lolo Ijeoma Njoku Obinwannem News writer / Oct 25, 2021