There was tension in Ajalli, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State yesterday, after suspected ESN/IPOB gunmen attacked a police station, with 2 officers brutally murdered.
The building was also set ablaze and some persons who are most likely suspects in police custody were feared trapped in the building.
Anambra Commissioner of Police (CP) Tony Olofu confirmed the attacks but said only two policemen were killed.
“The CP noted that on the 30th September 2021, some yet to be identified heavily armed men stormed the Ajali Divisional Headquarters of the State and fired sporadically at police personnel on duty,” the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, said in a statement.
“They were, however, promptly engaged by the police officers before they fled the scene. Unfortunately, two (2) police personnel and a civilian sustained gunshot injuries while a patrol vehicle went in flames and the Police Station was partly torched.”
According to the statement, a joint team of Police and Military personnel immediately trailed the fleeing attackers and intercepted them along Oko Ajali road before the attackers escaped with gunshot injuries. “The operatives recovered a highlander jeep and two motorcycles”.
Another incident also occurred along the Nnobi-Nnewi road of the state where some hoodlums reportedly shot a vehicle driver and abducted other occupants of the vehicle.
“Investigations into the incidents are ongoing while efforts are being intensified to identify and rescue the occupants of the vehicle,” DSP Tochukwu said.
While condemning the unfortunate incidents, the CP called on citizens in the state to be calm, patriotic and go about their lawful businesses as the police, the military and other security agencies are already rejigging strategies to contain the situation and prevent any further threats to lives and property in the State.
He vowed that the perpetrators of these dastardly acts will not go unpunished.