Operatives of the Abia State Police Command have arrested eight suspects, alleged to have carried out an unprovoked attack on Abayi Police Station, Aba in Osisioma Ngwa, killing two policemen.
Security Watch Africa reports that hoodlums numbering about 200, armed with AK47 rifles and matchetes had invaded the station and set part of it ablaze with the aid of petrol bombs and other explosives.
Speaking of the arrests, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba in a statement on Wednesday, said operatives also neutralised four of the attackers as arms and ammunitions were recovered. Mba gave the identities of the slain officers as Vincent Gonze, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), and Sergeant Emmanuel Okoronkwo.
He said: “ The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu commiserates with the family and friends of the deceased officers. He warns that dire consequences await any person or group of persons who, under whatever guise, engages in an unwarranted attack on any public property and directs all Command CPs to employ all legally permissible measures to protect lives and property”
The FPRO stated that investigation was still ongoing as the perpetrators of the unwholesome incident will be prosecuted in due course.
“ The police high command calls on proprietors of medical facilities – both public and private – in and around Abia State to report any person(s) found seeking medical treatment for bullet wounds and other related injuries to the nearest police station, ” he said.