Hoodlums kill policeman, set Aba police station ablaze
By Yolamchi Ukaga, Aba
Tension escalated on Tuesday in Aba, Abia state, as suspected hoodlums killed a policeman during an attack on World Bank Estate police station, on Chima Nwafor Road, Abayi, Aba.
SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, police public relations officer (PPRO), Abia state, who confirmed the incident, stated that one police officer was killed in the incident.
Ogbonna, explained that the hoodlums, who broke into a nearby court, removed case files and set it on fire.
“The hoodlums also set the court house and part of the police station ablaze during the attack”, he said, disclosing that the hoodlums entered the police station, through the court, which is near to attack policemen.
According to him, they were armed with different types of weapons, including petrol bombs with which they burnt the station and set ablaze exhibit vehicles.
However, frantic effort of the policemen on duty, helped to repel the hoodlums and reduce the number of casualties on the part of the police.
Ogbonna affirmed that some of the hoodlums were also gunned down, while others escaped with bullet injuries. He therefore called on the public to help the police with credible information to help it unravel the people behind the attack.
“Even though it is the right of citizens with bullet injuries to be treated by hospitals with or without police permission, the hospitals should give us information to help us identify the culprits”, he stated.
Orient Daily gathered that Mrs Janet Agbede, Abia state commissioner of police, visited the station around 7.00am, Tuesday.
Orient Daily visit to the scene of the incident, revealed that vehicles numbering over ten, were burnt, while some were still on fire as at the time of filling this report.
The hoodlums also broke the wall of the World Bank Magistrate Court at the back of the police station, brought out the case files and set them ablaze.
A resident, who does not want his name on print, explained that the attackers made the residents agitated and restless following incessant shootings throughout the night. The source also said that some of the hoodlums who went to a mortuary to deposit one of their gang members were arrested Tuesday morning.
Although the PPRO confirmed that some arrests have been made, he did not say, if the arrested persons have anything to do with the crime scene, as the police has started mass arrests in the area.
The incident occurred barely two weeks after a similar attack on a police station in Omoba, Isialangwa South led to the death of two policemen.