Some unknown gunmen defied the early morning rain as they launched deadly attacks on two police stations in Ika and Etim Ekpo local government areas of Akwa Ibom state.
A police officer, PC Edogi Bassey was killed in the attack that took place on Wednesday morning.
It was gathered that Ika and Etim Ekpo Divisional Police stations and police vehicles were razed. But the police say a small portion of Etim Ekpo police station was affected.
The recent attack brings the number of police stations so far burnt to seven, while the police officers killed in the state have risen to 16.
SP Odiko MacDon, the Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident via a press release on Wednesday morning said the hoodlums came in two vehicles armed with AK 47 rifles.
”At about 6:30 am today, Armed men, in their numbers, armed with AK 47 Rifles and other dangerous weapons, in two vehicles attacked the rented building housing the Etim Ekpo Area Command and Division.
”The undaunted and vigilant Police Officers on duty, gallantly fought back, repelled, them and averted the intended carnage. Unfortunately, a dedicated Officer, one PC Edogi Bassey was killed while a small portion of the building was torched.
The gunmen who proceeded to Ika Division to perpetuate their nefarious activities were successfully again repelled leaving the Station intact without loss of lives or arms.
This worrisome trend is being addressed by the Police hierarchy and requires the cooperation of all,” he said.
MacDon disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, Amiengheme Andrew is going round formations and Divisions to ensure alertness and safety of officers.
”The CP has called on law-abiding Citizens to volunteer timely information that will enable the Police to tackle the present security challenges,” he said.