Operatives of Imo State Police Command on Tuesday repelled hoodlums who attempted stopping the reconstruction of Orji Police Station.
The operatives claimed they also arrested five of the hoodlums, who had melted into the town before their arrival at the scene.
The police spokesman in the state, Bala Elkana in a statement said the hoodlums believed the reestablishment of the station would prevent them from carrying out their nefarious activities.
He listed the suspects arrested in connection with the foiled attack to be Chigamezu Sebastian, Casmir Ibe, John Chinonso, Chukwudi Okoro and Alozie Daberechi.
Elkana further claimed that no life was lost but added that a mop-up operation was on to arrest more suspects.
The statement reads; “On 25th May, 2021 at about 1302hours, some hoodlums in their number launched an offensive on the reconstruction site of Orji Divisional Headquarters which was earlier burnt by hoodlums during the End SARS protest in 2020. A philanthropist contracted the reconstruction project.
“The hoodlums, who believed that the re-establishement of a functional police station may prevent them from carrying out their nefarious acts in Orji and environ, decided to invade the construction site.
“Before the arrival of reinforcement team, the hoodlums melted into the neighbouring township area but abandoned their operational vehicles. The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro personally led an enforcement team to the scene.
“The whole area was cordoned and five suspects, namely Chigaemezu Sabastine ‘m’ 26years old, Casmir Ibe ‘m’ 36years old, John Chinonso ‘m’ 24years old, Chukwudi Okoro ‘m’ 28years and Alozie Daberechi ‘m’ 25years old were arrested. No life was lost. Three vehicles were recovered.
Meanwhile, pictures of two woman allegedly killed by stray bullet in the area during the attack are in circulation.