Operatives of Imo State Police Command on Sunday morning, May 6, foiled what would have been a second attack on its headquarters in Owerri, the state capital when unknown gunmen swooped on the facility.
Our correspondent gathered that the invading hoodlums were given a bloody nose as police personnel shot dead five of them during an exchange of fire.
The gallant officers also recovered four AK47 rifles earlier stolen by the bandits during previous attacks on police stations, our source said.
However, one policeman is said to be gasping for breath as he was critically wounded during the gun duel.
It was further learnt that the gunmen attempted accessing the police command headquarters through Works Layout around Alvan Nursery and Primary School, but were repelled.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana confirmed the incident.
He said: “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 Alvan Nursery and Primary School but were vehemently repelled.
They came in a white Hummer bus. One of the hoodlums is killed during an exchange of fire and others were injured.
“The Hummer bus is recovered. Two Ak47 rifles were also recovered”.
The hoodlums had successfully attacked the command headquarters on April 5.