Chaos engulfed Ihitte community, the headquarters of Ihitte Uboma Council Area of Imo State as angry mob reportedly razed a divisional police station over the alleged killing of their kinsman by a police officer serving within the community.
According to reports, the youths went on rampage, following the killing of a youth identified as Ikenna Ogbunigwe by a trigger-hungry police officer in the town on Monday.
Prior to this time, it was recently reported that hoodlums attacked and destroyed a police station at Aboh Mbaise Council Area of the state.
It was gathered that the deceased was murdered over a minor argument at a restaurant in the town with the yet to be identified officer.
Ogbunigwe, who is a native of Umuoke, Obowo in Obowo Local Government Area of the state was confirmed dead at the Mercy Hospital in Umuoke after he was rushed to the hospital by some youths.
The death of the youth was said to have stirred up bad energy as the youths on hearing his death descended on the police station, carting away firearms and other exhibits at the station.
Source say inmate were released during the chaos. Protesting youths were said to have also burnt patrol vehicles and freed the detainees at the police station as policemen on duty ran for their dear lives.
Source added that two police officers sustained various degrees of injuries during the stampede.
Meanwhile, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the divisional police officer was taken to safety by his colleagues after the mob attempted to lynch him.
An eye-witness who pleaded anonymity, revealed to NAN that Ogbunigwe’s corpse was taken to the police station in protest before the station was set ablaze.
He confirmed that the police officer pulled his trigger on the deceased, shooting sporadically when other youths tried to apprehend him over the killing of the young man.