Men of the Imo state police command have repelled an attack on the Njaba police station in the state.
A press release issued by the spokesperson of the state police command CSP Michael Abattam said at about 1am today March 1, gunmen suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/ Eastern Security Network came in their numbers, threw Improvised Explosive Devices ( IEDs) and shoot sporadically while attempting to gain entrance into the station but were repelled by the ever gallant Divisional Police Officer and his men supported by some of the Command’s Tactical Teams.
Abattam mentioned that the police operatives of the division who positioned themselves strategically and professionally, engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel, and in the process they were suppressed, having suffered a huge defeat, with a number of them sustaining various degrees of bullet wounds, they retreated, running towards Njaba bridge in a Sienna vehicle and were given a hot chase by the police operatives.
Unfortunately for them, the hoodlums ran into a detachment of the Army at Njaba Bridge, who engaged them in another gun battle. During the exchange of gun fire, the hoodlums suffered huge casualty which made them scampered for safely running into the bush abandoning their operational vehicle.
Consequently, an aggressive combing of the bush/manhunt for the hoodlums is ongoing to recover more arms and to arrest the fleeing suspects since they cannot move far because of the blood stains trails seen in the vehicle and on the ground in the bushes.
Abattam stated that one pump action gun, abandoned by one of the injured hoodlums was recovered and the Sienna vehicle used and abandoned was towed to the station for further investigation.
He added that due to the gallantry/professionalism exhibited by the police operatives, no life was lost, no arms/ammunition was carted away and the building of the police station remained intact apart from the minor damage to the perimeter wall fence.