Extra policemen and stations got here below assault in two Southeast states on Monday.
Gunmen killed two policemen in Anambra State and set a station ablaze in Abia State because the wave of assaults on police formations worsened.
The gunmen attacked the Zone 13 Police Headquarters in Ukpo, Dunukfia Native Authorities Space in Anambra and a police station in Uzoakoli, Bende Native Authorities in Abia State.
The incidents occurred within the early hours.
The assailants overpowered the policemen on responsibility in Uzoakoli and launched suspects held in custody.
Abia State command spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonna didn’t reply when contacted yesterday, however a supply advised our correspondent that the attackers used dynamites and rocket launchers to realize entry.
The supply added that policemen on responsibility tried to withstand the assault however had been overpowered.
The attackers burnt the police constructing, patrol vans, different automobiles, bikes and tricycles, a few of which had been reveals.
It was learnt that no person died and no firearm was carted away.
One other police supply, who pleaded to not be named as a result of he was not authorised to talk, mentioned two policemen had been killed within the Anambra assault.
“They killed two of our males, whereas our males gunned down three attackers, however they took their our bodies away.
“These hoodlums got here of their numbers totalling over 20, however our males had been equal to the duty,” the supply mentioned.
One other policeman added: “Our males prevented them from accessing our armoury.”
However, the police mentioned no person was killed and that two of their males had been injured throughout an trade of gunfire with the hoodlums, three of whom had been killed.
One of many buildings within the zonal headquarters was razed; 4 automobiles had been burnt.
Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, who confirmed the assault, mentioned: “Operatives of the Nigeria Police Power hooked up to Zone-13 Headquarters, Ukpo, Anambra State have efficiently repelled an assault on the zonal headquarters by prison components within the early hours of nineteenth April 2021.
“The attackers, who got here of their numbers capturing sporadically to realize entry to the ability, had been repelled by police personnel on responsibility who confirmed profound gallantry within the face of the seemingly overwhelming assault.
“Following the lack of the attackers to entry the ability, they cowardly threw petrol bombs and improvised explosive gadgets (IEDs) on automobiles throughout the periphery of the headquarters.
“One L7A2 general-purpose machine gun (GPMG), 92 rounds of seven.62mm stay ammunition, one locally-made smoke pistol and an axe had been recovered.
“Regrettably, two police operatives sustained gunshot accidents and are presently receiving therapy.
“The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Police Command, Kuryas Monday, who can be standing in for the Zonal Assistant Inspector Normal of Police, has counseled the Police operatives for placing up a robust resistance towards the attackers.
The police urged medical amenities within the state to confess and report back to the closest police station anybody looking for medical consideration for bullet wounds and associated accidents.
“The CP has known as on residents within the state to not panic however to go about their lawful duties whereas assuring of the command’s resolve to re-dominate, reclaim and safe all public areas as directed by the Inspector Normal of Police,” Nwode mentioned.
Killing of policemen and safety operatives has change into a pastime within the Southeast.
Solely Enugu State has been spared among the many 5 states within the geo-political zone.
The Federal Authorities described the assault on the 2 police formation as an act of terrorism.
Police Affairs Minister Muhammad Dingyadi, mentioned “individual(s) with a penchant for terrorism and violent crimes, threatening peace and stability within the Southeast and elsewhere in Nigeria,’’ would now not be allowed to have their manner.
The minister, in line with his Press Secretary, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen counseled the police for repelling the assault and recovering a Normal Function Machine Gun utilized by the gunmen.
The assertion mentioned: “He (Dingyadi) described the incident as an act of terrorism and warranted of intelligence-led kinetic operations within the South-East to flush out illicit weapons and neutralise individual(s) with penchants for terrorism and violent crime, threatening peace and stability within the South-East and elsewhere in Nigeria.
“He calls on residents to deepen partnership with the Police by exposing enemies of peace and safety to arrest the wave of crime within the area from festering into an even bigger safety disaster.”
4 others killed in Anambra
4 individuals had been killed in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Sunday evening by gunmen.
The state command spokesman, Ikenga Tochukwu, mentioned it was a case of a cult conflict.
He mentioned the command arrested 5 suspects, whereas the matter was nonetheless below investigation.
One of many victims was shot on the fashionable UNIZIK junction; the others had been gunned down at totally different elements of Ifite, all in Awka South Native Authorities Space.
It was learnt that one of many victims was a health teacher in a fitness center and a councillor in one of many native authorities areas within the state.
Vigilante chief frightened
The Commander, Onitsha South Vigilante group, Chief Ifeanyi Eziefuna, mentioned the assaults on police formations had been worrisome.
He mentioned: “We’re disturbed by this story of gunmen who drive round in a convoy of SUV and different expensive automobiles, armed to the tooth.
“The weapons they gather from victims are used to assault the safety personnel. The worst is that we don’t know the place they arrive from.
“We now have been warned by our heads to at all times be at alert. We’re monitoring them. As you’ll be able to see, policemen can now not transfer freely. It’s only the vigilante group that may freely transfer about now.
“It’s extra tasking for us. We plead with the state authorities to offer us with patrol automobiles to allow us to answer misery calls and to patrol successfully.”