Security operatives made a major inroad for the first time in Imo State this year after they successfully resisted and repelled an attack on Orlu Divisional Police Headquarters by gunmen.
Nine gunmen have been killed and four policemen injured in a botched attack on a police station in Imo State, ChannelsTV reports. Abutu Yaro, the Commissioner of Police disclosed this during a press conference on Friday in Owerri. Abutu Yaro said the attack on the Divisional Police and Area Command Headquarters on Thursday night in Orlu Local Government Area of the state was repelled by Special Forces. “After a gun duel, nine of the insurgents lost their lives while others fled with bullet wounds abandoning their operational vehicles in the process,” the police boss said.
“However, four of our operatives sustained various degrees of injuries and are presently responding to treatment.”
Abutu Yaro explained that a joint operation consisting of IGP Response Team, Special Forces and other Tactical Teams of the Imo State Police Command, operatives of the military and the Department of State Services (DSS) engaged the hoodlums in a shootout. He explained that the criminal elements were seen in a viral video around Orlu Metropolis stealing and forcefully collecting items from people and also causing disorder in the area.
According to Abutu Yaro, the gunmen were believed to have attacked the headquarters of the Nigeria Police and Correctional Service in Owerri on April 5.
According to The Nation, the operatives also recovered seven vehicles the attackers came in for the operation.