How We Repelled Attacks On Two Stations In Imo – Police

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is seen on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have repelled attacks on two police stations in the state, authorities said on Monday.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Imo, Bala Elkana, revealed that the affected facilities were located in Umundugba and Omuma areas of the state.

“On 31st May 2021 at about 1530 hours, some hoodlums in their number launched an attack on Police Division Umundugba in Isu Local Government Area, but was repelled by the policemen on duty,” Elkana said.

He added, “They stormed the station in three Sienna buses, one Avalon saloon car, and about eight motorcycles. The hoodlums were engaged in a gun battle.”

The command’s spokesman noted that during the duel, the hoodlums threw some petrol bombs at the station, saying they fell at the exhibit room.

He explained that the attackers were eventually suppressed and forced to retreat, having suffered a huge defeat and a number of casualties on their side.

Elkana, however, said that the police were able to put off the fire with the help of some members of the community.

He added that some hoodlums made a similar attempt to attack Omuma Police Division, but it was equally repelled by the policemen on duty.

The command’s spokesman stressed that no life was lost in the two attacks and there was no casualty on the part of the police.

“The two police stations were not burnt. There is, however, no security breach or infraction recorded throughout the day in the entire state.

“This could be attributed to the massive deployment of security personnel across the state by the police and other supporting security agencies, who provided watertight security to the peace-loving people of Imo State,” he said.

According to Elkana, the Commissioner of Police Imo, Abutu Yaro, has commended the efforts of the policemen for repelling the attacks on the two stations and keeping the state safe.

He urged the residents to go about their lawful duties without fear as patrols and surveillance activities were ongoing.

Police Battle Gunmen In Imo, Five Suspects Arrested

A file photo of guns recovered from suspects by the police.

 

Sporadic gunshots were reported on Tuesday as gunmen engage security operatives in a gun battle in the Orji area of Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Mr Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer in Imo, confirmed the incident in a statement.

Following the shootout which caused tension in the area, the police arrested five of the suspects who were said to have attempted to stop the reconstruction of a police station in the area.

Those arrested by the security operatives include Chigaemezu Sabastine, Casmir Ibe, John Chinonso, Chukwudi Okoro, and Alozie Daberechi.

The affected police station – Orji Divisional Headquarters – is located near the Government House and a correctional facility in Owerri.

The suspects arrested by the police on May 25, 2021.

 

According to Elkana, hoodlums in their number launched an offensive on the reconstruction site of the police station.

He noted that the divisional police headquarters was earlier burnt by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest in October last year and a philanthropist contracted the reconstruction project.

“The hoodlums, who believed that the re-establishment of a functional police station may prevent them from carrying out their nefarious acts in Orji and environ, decided to invade the construction site.

“Before the arrival of reinforcement team, the hoodlums melted into the neighbouring township area but abandoned their operational vehicles,” the command’s spokesman said in the statement.

He disclosed that the Commissioner of Police in Imo, Abutu Yaro, personally led the enforcement team to the scene.

Elkana stated that no life was lost during the shootout and the police recovered three vehicles from the suspects.

He assured the residents in the area that a mop-up operation was ongoing to arrest more suspects and recover their firearms.

While the police stated that no death was recorded in the incident, unconfirmed reports said some persons were hit by stray bullets.

Police Station Burnt Amid Protest In Niger

A photo taken on May 24, 2021, shows the scene of the protest by residents of Gauraka community in Niger State. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

A police station has been burnt amid a protest by residents of Gauraka in Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State.

This followed an attack by gunmen on Angwan-Wazobia community on Monday where six locals were abducted by the assailants.

Wasiu Abiodun, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the attack on the community and the station in a statement.

Channels Television had reported the demonstration by residents of Gauraka who blocked the Abuja – Kaduna highway to protest the incessant cases of kidnapping in the community.

During the protests, the protesters burned tyres as they called for improved security in the area, as well as an end to incessant attacks on their community.

They lamented that no fewer than 15 locals have been abducted between Saturday and Sunday, and three others have lost their lives.

On his part, Abiodun noted that the command had deployed operatives in the area, but he blamed the protesters for the attack on the police outpost.

“Niger State Police Command wishes to confirm that today being 24th May 2021 at about 0300hrs, unknown gunmen attacked the residents of Angwan-Wazobia in Gauraka area of Tafa LGA where about six persons were abducted.

“Teams of policemen were mobilised to the scene and efforts to rescue the victims are being intensified,” he said.

The command’s spokesman alleged, “However, at about 0635hrs of the same date, some miscreants blocked both sides of Abuja – Kaduna expressway, protesting the recent cases of kidnapping in the community.

“The miscreants later extended the protest to Gauraka Police outpost, vandalised and set it ablaze.”

According to him, efforts are ongoing to disperse the protesters from the highway to ease the flow of traffic on the road.

Abiodun noted that the command has dispatched reinforcement from Minna, the state capital to the Area Police Command in Suleja, as well as a joint task force from the Minna – Suleja highway to restore normalcy on the Abuja – Kaduna expressway.

He called on parents, guardians, and community leaders in the area to caution their children/wards against engaging in acts of public disturbance.

The command’s spokesman gave an assurance that the police would continue the onslaught against criminal elements in the state.

Gunmen Burn INEC Office In Anambra

A screengrab taken on May 23, 2021, shows a raging fire at INEC headquarters in Awka, Anambra State.

 

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra State has been set ablaze by gunmen.

They also attempted to attack the Police ‘B’ Divisional Headquarters close to the INEC office but were repelled by the operatives on duty.

The office of the electoral umpire and the police station are both located in Awka, the state capital, in south-east Nigeria.

The incident, which occurred on Sunday, is the latest in the series of attacks on police facilities and INEC offices by hoodlums in recent times in the region.

The assailants had embarked on a mission to attack the police station to cause severe destruction, but it became an unsuccessful operation as the attempt was repelled by security operatives who engaged them in a fierce firefight, killing two of them in the process.

Although police authorities in the state confirmed the killing of two of the assailants during the gun battle, there was no information on whether or not any security operative was killed.

Eyewitnesses also said three Hilux vans fully packed with armed men stormed the police station and opened fire for more than one hour.

They were reported to have later proceeded to the Ekwueme Square axis and fired gunshots for another 10 minutes before storming the INEC headquarters and set it on fire.

Channels Television obtained a video showing the INEC office going up in flames.

Following the incidents, authorities in the state have appealed to residents to avoid some routes.

They included the Roban Road, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Road, Arroma Road, and Ifite Road – all in the state capital.

Baba Ijesha Granted Bail As Lagos Govt Decongests Police Stations

A file photo Baba Ijesha.

 

The Lagos State Judiciary began a weeklong intervention on Monday to decongest police stations across the state.

The intervention, which is in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, empowers magistrates to visit police detention facilities as prescribed under Sections 33 and 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

At the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti, three Lagos State magistrates attended to over 150 suspects in detention where they treated both felonies and misdemeanour cases and granted bail to suspects whose offences were bailable.

One of the notable cases treated was that of a Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, popularly known as ‘Baba Ijesa’, who was accused of molesting a minor.

Chief Magistrate Oluwatoyin Oghre granted him bail on Monday evening on the ground that he needed medical attention.

Last week, his lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana, had written to the Commissioner of Police about his client’s failing health.

Ogunlana told Channels Television that as part of the bail conditions, Baba Ijesha was to provide two sureties, one of whom must be a level 10 officer in the State Civil Service.

While the other must be his blood relative, the sureties were to sign a bail bond of N500,000 each with verification to be done by the OC, Legal.

As of press time, Baba Ijesha has yet to meet the bail conditions but his lawyer stated that the conditions were not stringent and would be met.

The magistrates spent over nine hours at the State CID, Panti, sifting through over 200 detainees in police custody.

Representatives of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos, the State’s Legal Aid Council, the Office of the Public Defender, and the Police Duty Solicitors (PDSS), were also on the ground to provide support to the magistrates.

Gunmen Attack Police Station In Delta

The Nsukwa Divisional Police Station was attacked on May 16, 2021.

 

Attacks on police facilities in the southern part of the country appear to be worsening as more stations have come under siege by hoodlums recently.

The latest of such unfortunate incidents was the attack by gunmen on Nsukwa Divisional Police Station in Aniocha South Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State.

Channels Television gathered that the attack occurred in the early hours of Sunday as the assailants set some of the police vehicles on fire.

While the police authorities in Delta have yet to make an official statement regarding the incident, unverified reports said three policemen were feared killed.

Senior officers of the Nigeria Police Force led by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Isaac Akinmoyede, accompanied by the Commissioner of Police in Delta, Ari Muhammad, have visited the scene to ascertain the level of destruction done.

Reporters were, however, barred from entering the premises of the attacked station.

One of the vehicles set ablaze by the attackers.

 

Seven Attacks In Nine Days

Channels Television can confirm that the incident was the latest of at least seven attacks on police stations in the South reported in the last nine days.

On Sunday last week, the Mike Okiro Police Divisional Headquarters at the Trademore Estate in Umuahia, the Abia State capital came under attack by hoodlums.

Barely three days later, Police Divisional Headquarters in the state – this time in Bende Local Government Area – was also attacked.

A group of hoodlums, in a large number, were said to have attacked the police station in the night and set it on fire.

During the incident, two policemen were injured but were taken to a hospital for medical attention, and the police command vowed not to rest on its oars to fish out the perpetrators.

The police station at Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area was also attacked by gunmen on Sunday last week but the attack was repelled by officers on duty.

In Akwa Ibom, it was a sad day on Saturday last week following the death of five police officers and the wife of an officer in the state.

They were killed by gunmen during an attack on the Divisional Police Headquarters at Odoro Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

Four days after the incident, a police officer, Edogi Bassey, was killed when gunmen attacked the Etim Ekpo Area Police Command and Division.

On the same day, gunmen also attacked the Police Station in Ika but were successfully repelled by the officers on duty.

Two Policemen Injured As Hoodlums Attack Second Abia Divisional HQ In Four Days

 

Two policemen have been injured in another attack on a Police Divisional Headquarters in Abia State, south-east Nigeria.

While many police stations have come under attack in the region in recent time, the latest incident makes it the second attack on police facilities in Abia since the beginning of the week.

Channels Television gathered that the attack occurred at about 10pm on Wednesday in Bende Local Government Area of the state.

A group of hoodlums, in a large number, were said to have attacked the police station in the night and set it on fire.

While the two policemen injured during the attack have been taken to a hospital for medical attention, the police command vowed not to rest on its oars to fish out the perpetrators.

The Commissioner of Information in Abia, John Okiyi, confirmed the attack on the police station to Channels Television on Thursday.

He was of the opinion that Abia has remained one of the safest states, and called on those behind attacks on government facilities in the state to have a rethink.

A screengrab taken on May 13, 2021, shows what is left of the Police Divisional Headquarters in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State following an attack by hoodlums.

 

An Invitation To Anarchy?

Okiyi decried that Wednesday’s incident was the fourth in the chain of attacks on Federal Government facilities in the state.

He, however, called on the Federal Government to convene a national dialogue aimed at finding a lasting solution to insecurity and douse the tension in the land.

“The attack on Bende Divisional Headquarters is unfortunate; our position is that those responsible should stop. No matter the grievance, acts of violence cannot solve the challenge.

“We want to call on the Federal Government to summon a national dialogue; a lot of people are not happy with the structural organisation of the country.

“Injustice can lead to agitation, attacking police formation is an invitation to anarchy and continuation will hurt everybody, including the attackers,” he warned.

The Mike Okiro Police Divisional Headquarters at the Trademore Estate in Umuahia was attacked on Sunday, following the attacks on the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Ubani Ibeku and Ohafia respectively.

This screengrab taken on May 13, 2021, shows a burnt vehicle after hoodlums attacked the Police Divisional Headquarters in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.

Hoodlums Attack Police Divisional HQ In Abia, Burn Properties

The police station was attacked by hoodlums in Abia State on May 9, 2021.

 

Hoodlums have attacked a police divisional headquarters in Abia State in the south-east region of the country.

The attack on the police facility located at the Trademore Estate in Umuahia, the state capital was carried out at about 9:45am on Sunday, Channels Television gathered.

While no life was lost in the incident, one of the police personnel on duty sustained an injury and has been taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Police Public Relation Officer in the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the attack on the station to Channels Television.

“Yes, there was an attack on Mike Okiro Divisional Police Headquarters. We are investigating and the outcome will be made public,” he stated.

Ogbonna added that police authorities in the state were making effort to ascertain the level of damage at the facility and arrest the perpetrators.

According to him, the hoodlums arrived in four vehicles – a hummer bus and three Toyota Sienna van, as well as two motorcycles.

The command’s spokesman noted that the attackers set ablaze documents in the offices and destroyed police vehicles and motorcycles, among other valuables.

He, however, appealed to residents, especially those in the area to support the police with useful information that would assist the apprehending the suspects.

A picture taken on May 9, 2021, shows the entrance of the police station attacked by hoodlums in Abia State.

 

The attack on the police station is one of the latest in the series of attacks on security facilities in the southern part of the country.

Recently, five operatives attached to the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, and the wife of a police officer, were killed by hoodlums.

The sad incident was a result of an attack on the police divisional headquarters in Odoro Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area of the state.

Odiko MacDon, the Police Public Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom, confirmed that police patrol vans and other valuables were destroyed by the hoodlums.

Gunmen Burn Police Station In Imo, Free Detainees A Day After Jailbreak In Owerri

A map of Ehime Mbano, a local government in Imo State in south-east Nigeria.

 

It’s more worry for the residents of Imo State as the insecurity rate appears to be on the rise as a result of continued attacks on police facilities in the state.

A day after gunmen attacked the Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, a group of armed men invaded another police facility in the state on Tuesday.

The latest attack was carried out on the Divisional Police Headquarters in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area – just about an hour-and-a-half drive from the state capital.

Sources said the gunmen, who came in buses and in a large number, arrived at the police station and freed all the suspects in detention before setting the building ablaze.

Police authorities in the state confirmed the incident to Channels Television, although they insisted that the armoury at the station was intact.

“Ehime Mbano (Police) Division has just been attacked, no casualty on the part of the police, no loss of arms, three vehicles burnt,” Orlando Ikeokwu who is the Police Public Relations Officer said in a text.

On Monday, gunmen attacked the Police Command Headquarters in the state where they burnt almost all the vehicles parked there.

 

Over 1,800 Inmates On The Run

The attack, carried out in the early hours of Monday, happened at a time when gunmen also invaded the Owerri Custodial Centre, freeing hundreds of inmates serving various jail terms.

Authorities of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) put the figure of inmates who fled the correctional facility at 1,844.

They, however, noted that six of the fleeing inmates voluntarily returned to the facility while 35 others refused to escape from custody.

The incident was condemned by the Federal Government and the state government, as well as various individuals and groups in the country.

A screengrab taken on April 5, 2021 shows some burnt vehicles after gunmen attacked the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) in Imo State.

 

Mr Mohammed Adamu, who was the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) at the time of the attacks, ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other police tactical squads to Imo.

He stated that this was important to strengthen security in the state and prevent further attacks on security formations or any other critical national infrastructure in the state.

The former police chief had also directed the Commissioner of Police in Imo and a new Special Investigation Team to carry out holistic investigations into the incident, with a view to arresting and bringing the perpetrators of the attacks to justice.

A day after the incident, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as well as the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, and Adamu visited Imo for an on-the-spot assessment of the attacked facilities.

But the attack on the police station in Ehime Mbano is said to have occurred barely three hours after the vice president, the minister, and the former police chief left the state.

Gunmen Attack Police Station In Aba, Cart Away Arms

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A police station in Aba, Abia State has come under attack by yet-to-be-identified persons who were said to have carted away arms and ammunition from the station.

It was gathered that the attack, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, resulted in the death of some people, both on the side of the police and the hoodlums.

Meanwhile, the Abia State Government has condemned the incident.

In a statement, the government noted that security agencies in the state have swung into action to fish out the perpetrators of the crime and bring them to justice as quickly as possible, vowing that no part of Abia will be ceded to criminals operating under any guise.

The state government also promised to pay ₦1 million to anyone with relevant information leading to the recovery of the stolen arms as well as the arrest of any suspects.

Meanwhile, the state government has imposed a curfew on the operation of motorcycles and tricycles from between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am in all major cities of the state with effect from today.

Mob Set Anambra Police Station On Fire Following Shooting Of Motorcyclist

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Anambra shares borders with Delta state to the south-west.

 

A mob on Wednesday set ablaze a police station in Igboukwu in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State following the shooting of a motorcycle operator.

According to the eyewitnesses, police officers on duty in the area killed a commercial motorcyclist on Tuesday night after shooting him over extortion.

Angered by the killing of their colleague, commercial motorcycle operators gathered and moved to the police station to set it ablaze.

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The police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident and noted that an investigation has been launched into the incident.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, John Abang has also ordered the detention of policemen involved.

“On the 15/12/2020 at about 10:30 pm, there was an altercation between police operatives and motorcycle riders over some impounded motorcycles as a result of the recent restriction on movement of motorcycles beyond 9:pm in the State.

“The situation degenerated into chaos which led to an accidental discharge that hit one motorcycle rider and burning of Igboukwu police station by irate youth,” Mohammed said.

The Commissioner of Police further appealed for calm and assured the public that justice would be done in the case and the outcome of the Police investigation shall be made public.

One Shot, Police Station Burnt In Face-Off Between Prison Officials And Motorcycle Riders In Ibadan

 

Violence erupted at the Agodi Gate area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Tuesday when prison officials allegedly shot a motorcyclist.

According to eyewitness reports, the okada rider had an argument with prison officials who wanted the access route to the prison cleared but the situation degenerated into violence leading to a crisis in the area.

Thereafter, the police station at Gate was burnt allegedly by some angry motorcyclists.

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The okada rider who sustained a gunshot wound is, however, alive and receiving treatment, while security operatives led by the Joint security task force Operation Burst have taken over to restore normalcy in the area.

Meanwhile, contrary to some reports that the face-off was between the police and motorcycle riders, the police spokesman Gbenga Fadeyi said no policeman fired any shot at the scene.