There was panic in the Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State as gunmen attacked the Nkporo Divisional Police Headquarters on Monday.
NIGERIACRIME learnt that the hoodlums carted away weapons from the police station.
They were said to have stormed the police division in three Toyota Sienna vehicles.
According to reports, they attacked policemen on duty, broke into the divisional armoury, and stole one AK-47 riffle with 30 rounds of live ammunition.
Also, they stole two riot gunners and yet-to-be ascertained quantity of ammunition.
It was learnt that the policemen who sustained varying degrees of injury during the invasion, were rushed to a nearby hospital where they had been receiving medical attention.
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The attack was confirmed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, who said the gunmen shot indiscriminately when they attacked the police station.
Ogbonna stated that the command had launched a manhunt to track down the suspects behind the attack on the police station.
Ogbonna said, “The criminals broke into the station’s armoury and carted away one AK 47 rifle loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunition, two riot gunners and yet-to-be ascertained quantity of ammunition.
“They also made away with sets of service uniforms kept in the armoury and offices belonging to the armourer and other policemen in the station. Three police constables among those on duty sustained varying degrees of injury.”
According to Ogbonna, the collaborative effort of the police and the military resulted in the recovery of one abandoned Toyota Sienna vehicle with some service uniforms, shoes and personal effects.
He added, “The state Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Bala, during a visit to the scene, accompanied by the DC Operations, DCP E.S Bretet, and later joined by the Chairman, Ohafia Local Government Area, Chief James Ndukwe, remarked that the porosity of the station made it possible for the hoodlums to invade the premises.
“Bala called on the state, local government and other critical stakeholders to embrace the principles of community safety partnership to erect fences that will link up with the existing one around the station.
“Furthermore, the CP requests from the general public, useful information that would help in tracking down the hoodlums and recovery of the firearms.”