The Commissioner of Police, Abia State Command, Janet Agbede has confirmed the death of two police inspectors serving under the command in the attack of the facility of the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) at Umuagu in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state by unknown gunmen.
Agbede in a Press conference held on her behalf by the Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna stated that the two inspectors died in a gun duel as they were trying to repel the attackers.
Agbede also claimed that eight (8) members of the unknown gunmen believed to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and ESN (Eastern Security Network) were also gunned down, adding that the police recovered a Sky Blue Coloured Toyota Sienna with reg number EKY 40 BG Lagos State and a red coloured Toyota Camry with Reg. number SMK 417 EH Lagos State used by the gunmen.
The PPRO said the attackers had stormed the police formation at about 6pm on Saturday, shooting sporadically.
According to the police image maker, reinforcement from the command headquarters added to the fierce engagement with men on ground saw eight of the hoodlums neutralised.
He added that some of the attackers escaped with gunshot wounds while two vehicles were recovered.
The facility he said was raised down following the detonation of an explosive through the back of the building, it was raised down.
While stating that the suspects in detention were released and an exhibit car burnt, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna said no firearm was carted away.
He, therefore, urged medical facilities within and outside the state to report to security agencies in the event that patients with a suspected bullet wound come for treatment.
SP Ogbonna further appealed to parents and guardians to warn their children and wards to desist from acts capable of truncating the peace and security of the state, describing it as a whirlwind that will blow no one good.