April 22, 2021

Gunmen kidnap Imo Police Officer

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A police officer has been abducted in an onslaught on Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday morning.

It should be noted that this comes three days after the state Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Center were attacked while 1,884 prisoners released.

A resident of the location where the attack took place said the gunmen released the suspects in custody.

However, the police officers on duty said they should have engaged the attackers in a gun duel but they were reportedly overpowered by the gunmen who had a more dangerous weapons.

A community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told journalists that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt but only freed the suspects in detention after vandalizing it.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station but did not go into details.

Expect News gathered that aside the officer who was abducted, two others sustained injuries in the incident which is the second major attack on a police station since an armed gang invaded the state police headquarters on Monday.

The Police authorities have blamed the attacks on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.

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