Gunmen attacks third Police facility in Imo, injures two, frees suspects

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Gunmen has attacked the Mbieri Divisional police headquarters located at Mbaitoli local government area of Imo state injuring two police officers and freeing suspects in custody.

This is the third time in the week that gunmen are attacking police divisional headquarters in Imo state. It would be recalled that

According to sources, the gunmen arrived in the late hours of Wednesday night with sophisticated weapons and shot sporadically before gaining access into the police facility.

Spokesman Orlando Ikeokwu said although the Mbieri police station was attacked very late on Wednesday night, the attackers were repelled by the officers on duty.

A police source further said “We resisted them but they overpowered us. They had more sophisticated weapons. They took all the phones they saw, released the suspects when they gained access and vandalized the police building.”

Ikeokwu also said that although they were made to believe that an inspector, was reported to have been abducted following the attack, the officer later reappeared on Thursday morning saying he jumped over the fence and escaped through the back dung.

According to him, after the attack on the police station, a head count was carried out amongst the officers in the police division but the inspector could not be found.

“His phone lines were switched off and that gave us a reason to believe that he was missing. But thank God he has reappeared this morning,” Ikeokwu said.

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Meanwhile, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma had on Wednesday blamed the recent attack on security facilities in the state on aggrieved politicians, saying their aim was to destabilize his government and that of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, three days after gunmen stormed the Nigerian Correctional Services and the Police Headquarters in Imo State, freeing an unspecified number of prison inmates, Uzodinma explained that security agencies have gathered intelligence on the sponsors of the thugs and their planning leading to the attack on government establishments on Monday.

“It is not only on my government, it is both on my government and the Federal Government. We have credible evidence leading to those who paid the hoodlums, where they met, and how they met. Security agencies are already working with this information,” he said.

“Some people are trying to sponsor a synchronize national crisis to bring the government of Muhammadu Buhari to disrepute, otherwise tell me why these things are happening at this time, particularly in Imo, APC state.

“People are sponsoring these people. Some of them already caught have made confessional statements. I am going to forward my report to the central government.”