The Eastern Security Network, an armed group believed to be affiliated with the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, attacked the Agwa Police Division in the Oguta Local Government Area on Saturday.
It is claimed that four police officers were killed in the attack, and two suspects who were being held in custody were forced to escape from custody.
This was revealed to news reporters in Owerri, on Saturday, August 6, by the command’s State Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Micheal Abattam.
He claimed that the criminals broke down the police station’s gate using a dump truck in order to get inside, where they then launched improvised explosive devices (IEDS) and petrol bombs at the structures, setting fire to cars and injuring others.
Narrating how the incident happened, he disclosed;
On 05/8/2022 at about 2300 hours, hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) attacked Agwa Police Station in their numbers. The hoodlums who came in two vehicles and a tipper, shooting sporadically, used a tipper vehicle in forcing the gate open to gain entrance into the station, throwing Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDS) and petrol bombs.
The police operatives of the division joined by the Command’s Tactical Teams gave the hoodlums a stiff resistance, engaging them in a gun duel. The hoodlums who were fatally hit with a lot of casualties on their side, retreated, escaping in their vehicles.
The fire which affected a parked private car and some motorcycles were later put off, preventing it from causing more damages. Fortunately, the building was not affected. In the attack, two suspects in custody escaped, four police officers gallantly paid the supreme price, while one rifle is yet to be recovered. Meanwhile, the area has been fortified with enough police operatives.