A combined team of Nigerian security forces have killed at least 8 people suspected to be militants of the proscribed IPOB group while repelling attack from the militants on the Orlu Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo State.
According to media reports, the gunmen tried to attack the police facility last night, but they were competently repelled by the security forces, and eight of them were killed in the process.
The security forces also recovered 7 vehicles from them with which they had come in for the operation.
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The incident is coming less than 24 hours after the new Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, resumed duty in the state.
While the gun battle lasted, residents of the area were in a state of panic.
A resident of the area who spoke to the media on the condition of anonymity said that they slept with fear last night because of the gun duel.
The gunmen burnt an Armoured Personnel Carrier at Umuna Junction in Orlu town.
A police source who confirmed the incident said that the bodies of the gunmen that were killed and the 7 vehicles recovered from them have been brought to the state police headquarters in Owerri.
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In recent times, Imo State has been rocked by attacks from gunmen on police facilities and security personnel. On April 5th, a group of gunmen had launched an attack on the Nigerian Correctional Service and the State Police Command Headquarters in the state, and freed over 1,800 inmates and set the facilities ablaze and some vehicles that were parked there.
The police had fingered IPOB in the attack, and the State Governor Hope Uzodinma had said that the attackers came from outside the state..
Since the April 5th attack, the security operatives have carried out some successful operations against some of the people that were behind the attack. Some days ago, ESN Commander Ikonso was killed by a combined team of security operatives, and it was said that he was the one that coordinated attacks on security operatives and facilities in the region, including the April 5th attack.
A few days ago, security operatives also arrested one of the sponsors of the hoodlums who have been operating under the name "unknown gunmen." The unknown gunmen have been linked to the recent attacks on police stations and security personnel in Imo State, including the Nigerian Correctional Service. The suspect was identified as Nnamdi Okafor.
The competence of the security operatives in the attack last night is quite commendable, otherwise we would have woken up to the sad news that another police station has been burnt in Imo State.
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Credit: Daily Trust.
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