The Imo State Police Command, on Sunday, said it has killed four hoodlums that attacked Omuma Police Station, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
The command said the hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/ Eastern Security Network came in large numbers, with various calibres of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to Omuma Police Station on the 20th March, 2022, at about 0300 hours.
The.State Commissioner of Police, CP Rabiu Hussaini who confirmed this on in a release made available to journalists by the Command’s spokesman, Micheal Abattam said the hoodlums shot sporadically but were swiftly repelled by its tactical teams and operatives of the DSS who responded immediately.
The command said, “The Police Operatives engaged them in a fierce gun duel and in the process, four of the bandits were neutralized on the spot, while others scampered into the bush having suffered a huge defeat, with a number of them sustaining various degrees of bullet wounds. There was no casualty on the side of the joint security operatives.
“On the spot, five undetonated different capacities of Improvised Explosives Devices were recovered from the neutralized bandits and charms. The Police Bomb Unit have taken custody of the bombs for detonation.”
The CP said the Command’s Tactical Teams are conducting a vigorous and aggressive combing of the bush to arrest the fleeing hoodlums and to recover their arms/ammunition since they cannot go far because of the huge damage done to them.
The CP while commending the officers and men for their gallantry, urged them not to relent in their efforts until all criminal elements and their partners are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.
He appealed to the Imolites for their continuous support and collaboration by giving security agencies, especially the police, credible and timely information and to report any person seen treating bullet wounds or hiding within the community, to the nearest police station for prompt action.