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Identity of attackers revealed as Police confirm death of 4 cops in deadly gunmen’s onslaught

Identity of attackers revealed as Police confirm death of 4 cops in deadly gunmen’s onslaught

The Imo State Police Command has accused members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), of carrying out the attack on Agwa Police Station yesterday around 2300 hours.

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It also confirmed that two suspects in custody escaped during the attack, four police officers bravely paid the ultimate price, and one rifle has yet to be recovered.

It was gathered that gunmen attacked the Agwa Divisional Police Headquarters in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo state on Friday, killing at least four officers.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Owerri, Imo State, police spokesman Micheal Abattam confirmed the report.

The police statement reads,” The hoodlums who came in two vehicles and a tipper, shooting sporadically, used a tipper vehicle in forcing the gate open to gain entrance into the station, throwing Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDS) and petrol bombs.

“The police operatives of the division joined by the Command’s Tactical Teams gave the hoodlums a stiff resistance, engaging them in a gun duel. The hoodlums who were fatally hit with a lot of casualties on their side, retreated, escaping in their vehicles.

“The fire which affected a parked private car and some motorcycles was later put off, preventing it from causing more damages. Fortunately, the building was not affected.

“In the attack, two suspects in custody escaped, four police officers gallantly paid the supreme price, while one rifle is yet to be recovered. Meanwhile, the area has been fortified with enough police operatives.

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, who went to the scene on a confidence-building patrol and assessment of the incident, paid a visit to HRH Eze (Dr) I. O Asor (fcin) in his Palace.

He assured the Command’s commitment to restoring peace and that the Command will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators of the heinous act are apprehended and brought to face the full force of the law.

He then urged them to report anyone seen treating bullet wounds or hiding in their neighborhoods to the nearest police station or call the Command’s emergency control room numbers 08034773600 or 08098880197.

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