Four dead as Police repel attack on Imo division


Operatives of anti-riot Squad Imo Police Command has gunned down four hoodlums who attempted to burn another police station in Izombe, Oguta Council Area.

The incident happened less than 24 hours after some gunmen razed down the Atta police station, including Magistrate and High Courts in Njaba Council Area of Imo State.

The Imo Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro who disclosed this in a statement signed by the command’s Spokesman, SP Bala Alkana on Sunday said that many of the hoodlums fled with bullet wounds.

The CP said the latest incident took place between 7 pm and 10 pm on Saturday in Izombe.

“The hoodlums in their numbers, launched an offensive on the Izombe police station but were repelled by the gallant policemen on duty.

“Four hoodlums were neutralized during the attack while others escaped with bullet wounds.

He said that a mop up operation was ongoing to arrest fleeing members of the gang.

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In another development, the police said they uncovered an illegal depot at Ogbo Oshishi (timber market) Naze in Owerri North local government area, where petroleum products were stored for onward transportation to locations targeted for attacks.

Yaro said the police, acting on information received from credible sources, moved operatives of the command attached to Anti-Riot Unit and Quick Intervention Team to the place and arrested six persons.

He said the illegal depot, comprising 14 shops was fully stocked with petroleum products suspected to have been obtained through bunkering.

The police boss said one tanker truck with registration number, GWA 568 AA was intercepted discharging petroleum products into some drums at the illegal depot.

He said the suspects also discharged the product in sacks, using a Robin EY15 pumping machine, adding that both the truck and the pumping machine were recovered.