Officer missing, two injured as unknown gunmen hit another police station in Imo


One officer has been declared missing after unknown gunmen attacked a police station located at Mbieri divisional police headquarters in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo state.

According to The PUNCH, the attack occurred in the wee hours of Thursday.

Orlando Ikeokwu, spokesman of the police command in Imo, was quoted as saying two other police officers sustained injuries while putting up a resistance to the attack.

Ikeokwu said some suspects held in the police station were set free by the gunmen.

The incident is coming after attacks on the prison and police command headquarters in Owerri, Imo state capital, on Monday.

Over 1,800 prisoners were reportedly freed in the attacks.

Another police station, located in Ehime Mbano LGA, was burnt down on Tuesday afternoon.

Reports said that the police officers took to their heels when the station was invaded by gunmen

Imo governor, Hope Uzodinma has charged police officers in the state to defend themselves.

“If you can’t attack them, you can at least use your rifles to defend yourselves. Any attack on police formation is an insult to us as a government. We must take charge, take control and ensure discipline, he said on Tuesday.

“Any attack on police formation is an insult to us as a government. We must take charge, take control and ensure discipline.

“We must not condone attacks by criminals on government. Police must not be compromised so that the integrity of government will remain intact.

“This unfortunate tragedy can only be condemned by every reasonable mind, the intention was to put fear into our people and make them vulnerable," the governor added.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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