A battle of wits has led nine hoodlums dead and four policemen injured after a botched attack on a police station in Imo State.
The Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro at a press conference in Owerri, said said the attack on the Divisional Police and Area Command Headquarters on Thursday night in Orlu Local Government Area of the state was repelled by Special Forces.
“After a gun duel, nine of the insurgents lost their lives while others fled with bullet wounds abandoning their operational vehicles in the process,” the police boss said.
“However, four of our operatives sustained various degrees of injuries and are presently responding to treatment.”
The police commissioner explained that a joint operation consisting of IGP Response Team, Special Forces and other Tactical Teams of the Imo State Police Command, operatives of the military and the Department of State Services engaged the hoodlums in a shootout.
He explained that the criminal elements were seen in a viral video around Orlu Metropolis stealing and forcefully collecting items from people and also causing disorder in the area. They were suspected to have attacked the headquarters of the Nigeria Police and Correctional Service in Owerri on April 5.
Although CP Yaro didn’t link any group to the attack, fingers were pointed in the direction of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra.
Items recovered from the miscreants include four AK-47 rifles, one pump action, two Toyota Sienna cars, one Toyota Camry car, one Toyota Hilux van, one SUV Highlander, one SUV Landrover, one Nissan Pickup van and assorted charms.