At least eight hoodlums were killed on Thursday by security operatives in the Orlu area of Imo State.
It was alleged that the urchins were on their way to attack Orlu Police Station.
They were however ambushed and killed during a shootout with military and police operatives.
The security sources confirmed that several stolen vehicles used by the hoodlums in the planned operation were also recovered. A video of them earlier setting out for the attack has also been released.
The hoodlums were seen in the video boarding vehicles as they embarked on the failed operation.