The Abayi police station in Aba has been burnt down by unknown hoodlums in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Police Public Relations Officer in the state Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna told the Press.
He said hoodlums also burnt all the operational vehicles parked within the premises of the police station.
According to him, the hoodlums, numbering over one hundred, had attacked the police station from a nearby compound with the intention of taking over the station.
The Police spokesman added that the attackers who freed some suspects in the police station threw petrol into the station before gaining entrance into the facility.
He said some policemen on duty engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle, which resulted in the death of one policeman and some casualties on the side of the hoodlums, as many of the attackers fled with bullet injuries.
Ogbonna disclosed that some of the hoodlums had been arrested by the police, while a manhunt had been launched for those at large.
He said, “Hospitals can give treatment to people with suspected bullet injures to revive them, but they should do well to report such a person to a nearby police station.”