Again, gunmen burn police station in Abia

Two feared killed
Less than one week after the Bende Divisional
Police Station in Bende Local Government Area
of Abia State was attacked and burnt by
unknown gunmen , the Apumiri Ubakala Police
Station in Umuahia South Local Government
Area was , in the early hours of yesterday ,
attacked by hoodlums .
The state police command spokesman , Mr .
Geoffrey Ogbonna , who confirmed the attack ,
said two policemen were killed during the
attack .
He said the station, including the DPO ’ s office ,
was set ablaze alongside some exhibit vehicles,
disclosing that when the attackers arrived with
dangerous weapons , including Improvised
Explosive Devices (IED ’ s ) and got repelled by
the policemen on duty , they retreated ,
returned and attacked the station through the
back office .
He said that the police station was vulnerable
from all sides and urged hospitals and
members of the public to report anybody with
suspected bullet wounds to fast – track their
investigations .
The latest incident brings attacks on police
stations in the state within the past three
months to seven . So far , the police have not
announced any arrest .
The Abia State Governor , Okezie Ikpeazu , while
expressing worry over the attacks and other
acts of criminality in the state , listed some of
the actions his government had taken to
address attacks on government facilities .
Speaking during a zoom meeting at the
weekend , he said his administration would
assemble stakeholders in the security sector to
brainstorm and response to the current
security challenges.
According to him , the stakeholders would
include top retired police officers , Department
of State Services ( DSS), army , navy and air
force , among others .
He said the Ebubeagu Security Outfit , as
proposed by the governors of the Southeast , is
still on course as Attorney – Generals of the
states had met several times since the
pronouncement by the governors to work out
templates that would guide the relationship
and cooperation that would ensure the success
of the Ebubeagu outfit .

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