The Ebonyi State Police Command has confirmed the death of a member of a gang that attacked the Unwana Police Division in Afikpo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Loveth Odah said that the attackers invaded the police division at about 3am Sunday, 24th October 202.
She stated that the yet to be identified gunmen suspected to be members of proscribed IPOB/ESN numbering about thirty-five (35) attacked Unwana Divisional Headquarters in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
According to her, the attackers on arriving the division started shooting sporadically at the policemen on duty.
The policemen immediately repelled them, in the gun battle that ensued.
She noted that regrettably, one Police Inspector attached to the Division was fatally wounded and later adding that the Police Facility/Operational vehicles were intact and not destroyed.
DSP Odah stated that the Commissioner of Police Ebonyi State Command, CP Aliyu Garba has embarked on on the spot assessment of the Division and has also ordered a manhunt on the fleeing hoodlums.
She stated that the CP has appealed to law-abiding citizens of the State to promptly volunteer useful information that will assist the Command in the investigation.
DSP Odah further started that preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased suspect had been on the police wanted list for various attacks on police stations adding that one of the recovered AK-47 rifles has been identified to be the rifle stolen from Ohaukwu Police Division early this month.
Meanwhile, residents of the area said that apart from the police Inspector who was shot dead, 2 others sustained various degrees of injuries.
They noted that there has been palpable fear in the community following the unfortunate attack by the hoodlums.