Gunmen Attack Police Station in Ebonyi, Kill Officer

Unknown gunmen on Sunday night attacked Ohaukwu Divisional Police Headquarters in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and killed a police sergeant.

A section of the station’s building, cars and other valuables were also razed by the hoodlums who reportedly attacked the station with petrol bombs and dynamites.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the State, DSP. Loveth Odah, and the Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Council, Mr. Clement Odah, confirmed the incident.

The police spokesman who explained that the hoodlums were repelled, confirmed that a police sergeant who sustained gunshots injuries during the attack died on yesterday morning at Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, where he was receiving treatment.

Odah said that the Police Commissioner, CP. Aliyu Garba, had visited the station for on-the-spot assessment and had launched a manhunt against the fleeing gunmen.

She said: “At about 23.50 hours yet to be identified gunmen came into Ohaukwu Police Divisional headquarters, to attack the station and men on duty, but they were immediately repelled and in the process, one policeman, a sergeant sustained a gunshot injuries and was rushed to Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital where he was confirmed dead this morning.

“They threw petrol bomb into the station and unfortunately it got one of the patrol vehicle and an exhibit vehicle parked in the station. The Commissioner of Police, CP. Aliyu Garba, has visited the area for on-the-spot assessment. He also met with the community leaders. te”As you know, this is the first time we are experiencing this and the non-state actors such as the vigilance groups and hunters have been of great assistance to the police in the council area.

On his part, the Council Chairman, Clement Odah, told our correspondent in a telephone interview that normalcy had returned in the area, even as he noted that it was the first time such an incident was happening within the council area, since the beginning of coordinated attacks on security agencies by gunmen.

“I called the DPO and he confirmed it. I went there this morning for on-the-spot assessment. He said the hoodlums came wth dynamites to attack the place. From the report of the police, they lost one of their men, during the attack.

“The mobile policemen attached to my local government area command, the Ebube Agu security operatives joined forces and repelled them

“I think DCO’s office and the area around the counter were badly affected. I think this has never happened in my local government right from the beginning of the EndSARS protests. We never recorded this type of attack. But the place is calm now,” the council boss said

 

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