The Imo State Police Command on Sunday morning repelled an attack on the Command’s headquarters and other institutions in Owerri, the state capital.
Ripples Nigeria learnt that the incident, which threw residents of the town into panic as repeated gunshots were heard, led to the death of one of the attackers.
According to residents, security operatives took over almost all the streets and roads in the state capital, as residents who were on their way for early morning church services ran in different directions, deserting the roads.
Residents said gunshots were heard at the World Bank Residential Area, Amakohia and Akwakuma Area, Government House axis, Control Post Area, Wetheral, Ikenegbu, and Bank Road axis.
Confirming the incident, the Command’s spokesperson, Bala Elkana, said the attack was foiled by security operatives.
Meanwhile, he urged residents to go about their lawful businesses, noting that the heavy presence of security operatives in the town was to secure the state capital.
Also, he confirmed that security operatives killed one of the hoodlums during the attack.
Eliana said, “The heavy Police presence and vigilance has helped in stopping an attempt by some hoodlums this morning to disrupt the beautiful Sunday in Owerri.
“Hoodlums masquerading as unknown gunmen attempted an attack on the Police Headquarters this morning but suffered a huge defeat. They made effort to access the Police Headquarters through Works Layout around Avan Nursery and Primary School but were vehemently repelled.”
By Victor Uzoho
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