No fewer than four police officers were killed in an attack, at the Agwa Divisional Police headquarters in Imo state by unknown gunmen who are wreaking havoc in the Southeastern part of the country.
Naija News learned that the incident occurred on Friday night when the assailants invaded the area shooting sporadically before gaining access to the station.
Two male officers were shot dead while two female police officers were burnt to death and a vehicle belonging to one belonging to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) was burnt.
According to the sources who spoke with The Punch, the gunmen came in a tipper vehicle and two sienna cars and invaded the police division.
One of the sources 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 source 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.
“It was this morning that we heard that the Agwa Divisional Police headquarters was attacked. Four policemen were killed. Two male officers were shot dead while two female police officers were burnt to death.
“Part of the building were the female officers were was burnt. Vehicles at the division, including the one belonging to the DPO were burnt. They also went to the house of an Okada man known as Ejike, shot him dead and shot his wife. His wife is alive.”
A policeman who confirmed the incident to journalists on Saturday said the attack has triggered tension within the local government.
He claimed that the gunmen destroyed other valuable things and set a number of the station’s vehicles on fire.
He said: “There was an attack in the station and we learnt that about four officers were killed. The total damage cannot be ascertained at the moment.”
At the time of filing this report, the Police Public Relations Officer, Micheal Abattam, is yet to issue any statement on the incident.