Two police officers have been injured in a gun battle after suspected hoodlums attacked another police station in Mbieri, Mbaitoli local government area of Imo state.
Confirming the incident, the Imo state Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwo, said it occurred at about 11:30 pm on Wednesday.
Ikeokwo said injured officers are receiving treatment at a nearby hospital, adding that the contrary to reports circulating online, no officer got missing or kidnapped in the attack.
He also noted that the hoodlums were repelled by the officers on duty after engaging the bandits in a gun battle but some suspects in the police custody were freed by the criminals.
“Mbieri divisional Police headquarters was attacked, at about 23:30 pm, but successfully repelled, two officers Injured and presently receiving treatment. The police station was not also set ablaze. No officer missing or kidnapped please,” the PPRO said.
However, eyewitnesses said the hoodlums arrived in two vehicles as they tried to enter the station, the policemen on duty started shooting at them. The shooting reportedly lasted for more than 40 minutes.
“At the end, as they were about going we saw three persons they dragged into their vehicles around the police premises including the ones already in their vehicles shouting for help,” the eyewitness said.
The attack on the Mbieri station is the third in Imo state in one week, including the attack on the Imo state police command headquarters on Monday.