The Police have confirmed a Thursday night attack on the Divisional Police Headquarters in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, which left four persons dead, including a police Inspector and three of the attackers.
Parts of the police station and cars parked on the premises were razed.
It is understood that the attackers and the policemen on duty engaged in a gun duel.
The police spokesperson for the state police command, Mike Abattam, who confirmed the incident said it took place around 11.35 pm on Thursday.
According to him some of the attackers escaped with bullet wounds.
He said, “On August 5, about 21:35 hours, armed bandits, in their numbers attacked and threw explosives and petrol bombs on top of the roof of Orsu Police station damaging the roof and causing fire outbreak in the station which spread and affected some of the vehicles parked at the parking lot. The command’s tactical teams on the ground engaged the bandits in a gun duel.
“And due to the superior firepower of the police the bandits were subdued. Three of the bandits were neutralized and their guns, one pump action gun, and two locally-made double barrel pistols were recovered while others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds. Unfortunately, a police inspector lost his life in the attack.
“Meanwhile the command is using this medium to call on the good people of Imo State especially, the Orsu community to assist the police with credible information that will lead to the arrest of the escaped bandits and to report to the nearest police station any person seen with or treating bullet wounds. Also, hospitals are advised to ensure that they report any person who comes to them for treatment of bullet wounds.”