No fewer than six persons were killed when some gunmen attacked 3-3 Police Divisional Headquarters, Nkwelle-Ezunaka, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.
This comes less than 24 hours after an attack at Ukpo and Ogidi where three policemen were killed.
It was gathered that five of the suspects and a police officer were those that died in the attack that occurred on Sunday around 5:58 am.
A source in the area said the rampaging gunmen started shooting indiscriminately as they approached the entrance of the station but were resisted by officers attached to the station.
The source said an office in the police facility was partially burnt by the petrol bomb thrown into the station by the gunmen.
Confirming the incident, the state police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the area was cordoned off by the police as of 8:52 am.
Ikenga said the combined security team, made up of the police and the military, neutralised a gang of five armed men, recovered two Ak47 rifles, one Toyota Sienna vehicle with Reg No Abuja ABC 848 EQ, charms and other incriminating items, in response to a distress call on an attack at 3-3 Police Divisional Headquarters, Nkwelle-Ezunaka, Oyi LGA.
“The notorious gang of five, armed with guns, IEDs, and petrol bombs, started shooting indiscriminately to gain entrance to the station and were engaged and resisted by gallant officers attached to the station,” the police said.
He noted that during the gun duel, unfortunately, a policeman attached to the station was fatally wounded and an office in the facility was partially affected by the petrol bomb thrown inside the station, adding that one patrol vehicle parked in front of the station was set ablaze by the gunmen.