The Imo State Police Command has confirmed that armed men believed to be members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) bombed the Njaba police station, destroying a part of the building.
The Police however said that in the early hours of Saturday attack, two of the hoodlums were killed and their operational vehicle recovered, while the rest escaped.
Police Public Relations Officer in the State command, CSP Mike Abattam, said in a statement on Saturday that on July 31at about 1.20 am, a convoy of bandits were moving towards Njaba town to launch an attack but were intercepted by the Operation Restore Peace team of the Nigeria Police, Imo State Command.
The statement said that, in the ensuing firefight, one of their operational vehicle’s was demobilised and two of them killed while the remaining ones ran into the bush.
Abattam said, while searching the vehicle, one Ak 47 rifle was recovered with ten rounds of live Ammunition and a locally made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges.
“They detonated an Improvised Explosive Devices into the parking lots of a nearby Njaba Police Station, causing minimal damage,” the statement added.
He stressed that a cordon and search exercise was ongoing in the area to apprehend the fleeing suspects.