8 killed as operatives repel attack on Imo police station

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Security operatives made a inroad for the first time in Imo State this year after they successfully resisted and repelled an on Orlu Divisional Police Headquarters by gunmen.

The incident, which happened Thursday night, saw the joint security operatives killing no fewer than eight hoodlums in the gun duel.

The operatives also recovered seven vehicles the attackers came in for the operation.

Since the turn 2021, gunmen had successfully carried out attacks on about ten police stations, including the burning the headquarters and freeing over 1,800 from the .

Our correspondent gathered the gun battle between the gunmen and security operatives in Orlu lasted several hours as the sent reinforcement from the 34 artillery brigade, Obinze, in Owerri to the area.

The gun duel created an atmosphere panic as people scampered for , as the roads in Orlu town and its environs were deserted.

A resident of the area, who preferred not to be mentioned, told our correspondent that “we slept our hearts in our hands last night.’

He also disclosed that an Amoured Personnel Carrier was allegedly set ablaze at Umuna junction in Orlu town.

He also disclosed one of cousins was hit by a stray bullet.

Police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, could not be reached but a senior police confirmed the development to The Nation.

The Police Chief told our correspondent the corpses of the hoodlums and their vehicles had been brought to the headquarters in Owerri.

He disclosed the police Divisional headquarters was not razed neither was any security personnel in the .

The source said: “We successfully repelled an attempt to raze Orlu Divisional Police Headquarters, last night. The hoodlums came in multiple vehicles and sophisticated and assault riffles. They were repelled and eight of them were gunned down and seven vehicles belonging to them recovered.

“Their corpses and seven vehicles belonging to them had been conveyed to Imo state headquarters in Owerri. As I speak to you now, they are us. You need to see their charms and other things hanging on their necks.

“It was a big war. The gun battle lasted for hours but our men made of the police, and air Force over powered them. They were denied access into the police station premises. Successfully, eight were and seven vehicles recovered. fled.”