A police inspector was killed while another was injured, when gunmen attacked Unwana Divisional headquarters in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The yet-to-be identified gunmen said to be numbering about 35, attacked the police station around 3:00am on Sunday.
DSP Odah Loveth Obianuju, spokesperson of the police command, confirmed the incident in a statement.
Obianuju said one of the gunmen was shot dead during the ensuing gun battle, adding that the injured police inspector is responding to treatment in the hospital.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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 while one other who is critically injured in responding to treatment in the hospital. The Police Facility/Operational vehicles are intact
“Investigation revealed that the deceased suspect had been on the police wanted list for various attacks on police stations and one of the recovered AK-47 rifles has been identified to be the rifle stolen from Ohaukwu Police Division early this month.”
Meanwhile, the commissioner of police in the state, Aliyu Garba, has visited the division and also ordered a manhunt for the fleeing hoodlums.
Garba appealled to law-abiding citizens of the state to promptly volunteer useful information to unravel the true identity of the fleeing gang members.