Unknown gunmen in the early hours of Saturday, March 19 set ablaze the Umuguma Divisional Police Headquarters situated in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
The attackers were said to have also killed two police constabularies who were on duty at the time of attack
Our correspondent learnt that on arrival, the gunmen shot sporadically as well as threw an Improvised Explosive Device, IED at the divisional headquarters after blocking the roads leading in and out of the station including the one close to the local government council headquarters.
It was further learnt that residents were frightened to their bone marrow at sounds of the guns and the IED.
Our correspondent further gathered that some of the residents fled into the surrounding bushes out of fear of being hurt by stray bullets.
A resident of the area who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “These guys were mean. On arrival, they blocked the roads, threw their dynamite into the police station and equally opened fire. They now waited to attack officers who ran out for safety.
“Unfortunately, two police constabularies by name Ifeanyi and Iyke were killed. Ifeanyi hailed from Umunkwo in Umuguma Community here. He was a final year student at Imo State University in Owerri.
“I knew him. It is just one year now he was recruited. He was trying to scale the fence when they used machete and cut him. He was sliced. The young man died on the spot. This is very unfortunate.
“The second victim, Iyke was from Avu community. They shot him in one of his legs as he fled. He has been found dead now at a water stand where he possibly went to drink water. This is very unfortunate.”
Our correspondent gathered that it took the effort of fire fighters from Owerri to quench the inferno.
Another source said, “fire fighters just quenched the fire now. The corpses of the two constabularies are here. They are about to evacuate them. This is very saddening. The entire place is in a state of fear and confusion as we didn’t sleep last night. The sounds of the guns and bombs were too frightening. The invasion was deadly. We are in God’s hand in this state.”
The attack came few hours the Assistant Inspector General of police in charge of zone 9- Umuahia, Isaac Akinmoyede, left the state after a one-day working visit.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Micheal Abattam confirmed the attack but said no police officer was killed.