– A police post in Ahiaukwu Olokoro, Abia state, has been burnt by suspected armed robbers and drug dealers
– The hoodlums carried out the attack following the arrest of some of their companions; but no life was lost during the episode
– The state commissioner for police has vowed that his men would hunt down everyone involved and make sure that they face the law
One operational vehicle attached to the station, and a parked tricycle, were also burnt.
NAIJ.com gathers that the hoodlums also broke the windscreen of a Volkswagen vehicle which was parked within the stations’ premises.
The attack was confirmed by the Abia state commissioner of police, Anthony Ogbizi, on Wednesday, December 13.
The station, after the attack (Photo credit: Punch)
Ogbizi stated that the command had created two posts in the area as a result of complaints received from residents.
The commissioner further disclosed the hoodlums had staged the attack after 4 of their members were arrested by policemen, following a tip-off.
No life was lost during the attack on the station; however, arms were stolen, and the attackers succeeded in freeing 2 of their arrested companions.
He stated: “We created two nipping points in the dustbin area and Ahiaukwu Olokoro because the areas serve as escape routes for kidnappers.
“Criminals that smoke hemp and deal in hard drugs also use the Ahiaukwu Olokoro area as a safe haven.
“On Tuesday, our operatives raided Ahiaukwu Olokoro and arrested four hoodlums following a tip-off that the drug dealers were in the area.
“But after the arrest, some suspected hoodlums mobilised and attacked the police post in the area.
“They were able to aid the escape of two of the criminals with handcuffs, while our officers were moving the suspects to the Ubakala division.
“They later went back and set the police post on fire. The fire burnt down the building with the operational vehicle attached to the post.”
He continued: “We are surprised because what happened is a challenge and we cannot give in. If we give in, it will encourage criminals to dominate the community.
“We will hunt down everyone involved and make sure that they face the law. We promise law abiding residents of the area that they will be adequately protected.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian police disclosed details on how a notorious armed robber was gunned down by its operatives in Abia state during a gun battle.
The police said that its operatives encountered the criminals when the command control room was alerted of a robbery attack in Imo state.
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