A police Inspector, and three bandits that attacked the Police Division in Orsu Local Government Area on Thursday, have been confirmed dead by the Imo state police command.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Abutu Yaro, disclosed this in a statement signed by the command’s spokesman, Mike Abattam in Owerri on Friday.
Mr. Yaro said the command’s tactical team engaged the bandits after they attacked the police station with an explosive device.
The commissioner said the police later subdued the bandits and recovered their rifle, while others fled into the bush with bullet wounds.
“On August 5, at about 2135 hours, armed bandits in their numbers attacked and threw explosives and petrol bombs on top of the roof of Orsu Police Station, damaging the roof and causing a fire outbreak in the station.
“The fire affected some of the vehicles parked at the division, but the command’s tactical team on the ground engaged the bandits in a gun duel.
“Due to the superior firepower of the police, the bandits were subdued and three of the bandits were neutralized and their guns, one pump action gun, and two locally-made double barrel pistols were recovered while others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds.”
According to Mr. Yaro, unfortunately, a police inspector lost his life in the attack.
The command, however, called on the good people of Imo state, especially the Orsu community, and medical centers in the area, to assist the police with credible information that would lead to the arrest of the escaped bandits.
“Report to the nearest police station any person seen with or treating bullet wounds. Also, hospitals are advised to ensure that they report any person who comes to them for treatment of bullet wounds,” the commissioner said.