Gunmen Bomb Imo Police Station, Kill Two Officers
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
Gunmen have reportedly set fire to the Umuguma Divisional Police Headquarters in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State in the early hours of Saturday, killing two police officers.
The incident occurred just hours after Isaac Akinmoyede, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 9 in Umuahia, left the state for a one-day working visit.
It is also happened just a few days after two warders from a Joint Security Task Force were slain in Okigwe when militants opened fire on their patrol vehicle.
According to reports, the gunmen had on arrival blocked the roads leading in and out of the station division, including the one close to the local government headquarters.
They thereafter launched the attack on the station by throwing improvised electronic devices into the buildings.
It was further gathered that after setting the station on fire, they waited to attack officers who ran out for safety.
An eyewitness said the two policemen, unfortunately, ran into the rain of bullets.
Their names were given simply as Ifeanyi and Iyke.
They were said to be undergraduates of the Imo State University, Owerri.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Micheal Abattam, was not available for comments as at press time.