An attack by gunmen on the Mgbidi Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo State claimed the life of a police inspector.
Another police officer was hurt in the attack, which happened on Friday night, according to reports.
The hoodlums who arrived in a vehicle and police operatives engaged in a gun duel, causing panic in the area.
Meanwhile, it was reported that when the invaders arrived, they opened fire, but were quickly repulsed by the on-duty police officers.
The attack was confirmed by state police spokesperson Micheal Abattam, who said the attackers were repelled by officers on duty.
During the attack, he also stated that one inspector was killed and another was injured.
“On the 14th of January, 2022, at approximately 20:45 hours, the Command’s Tactical teams at Mgbidi Police Station repelled an attack by some hoodlums who arrived in a white Hilux vehicle shooting sporadically, attempted to gain entrance into the station but were repelled by the ever gallant Imo Command’s Tactical teams and the police operatives of the division who positioned themselves professionally,” Abattam said.
“They got into a gunfight with the hoodlums. The attackers were quickly subdued, and after suffering a massive defeat and a number of them receiving various degrees of bullet wounds, they retreated and fled in the Toyota Hilux vehicle they arrived in. They were also given a hot pursuit by police officers.
“As a result, a ferocious and aggressive manhunt for hoodlums is underway, with the sole goal of tracking and apprehending the fleeing hoodlums, who are unable to travel far due to the extensive damage they have sustained.
“However, one police officer was killed in the attack, and another received a minor bullet wound to his hand.”
“In the meantime, Commissioner of Police Rabiu Hussaini praised the officers and men for their bravery and urged them not to give up until all criminal elements and their accomplices are apprehended and brought to justice.”
“He then pleaded with Imolites to continue to support and collaborate by providing credible and timely information to security agencies, particularly the police, and to report any person seen treating bullet wounds or hiding within the community to the nearest police station for prompt action,” he said.