The Police Command in Imo says three bandits and a police inspector died during a gun duel at a police station in Orsu Local Government Area on Thursday night.
The Commissioner of Police in Imo, CP Abutu Yaro, disclosed this in a statement signed by the command’s spokesman, CSP Mike Abattam, in Owerri on Friday.
Yaro said that the command’s tactical team engaged the bandits after they attacked the police station with explosive devices.
The commissioner said that the police later subdued the bandits and seized their weapons, while others fled into the bush with bullet wounds.
Yaro said: “On Aug. 5, at about 2135 hours, armed bandits, in their numbers, attacked and threw explosives and petrol bombs on top of the roof of Orsu Police Station, damaging the roof and causing fire outbreak in the station.
“The fire affected some of the vehicles parked at the division, but the command’s tactical team on ground engaged the bandits in a gun duel.
“Due to the superior firepower of the police, the bandits were subdued and three of the bandits were neutralised and their guns — one pump action gun and two locally made double-barrelled pistols — were recovered, while others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds.
“Unfortunately, a police inspector lost his life in the attack,” he said.
The commissioner, however, called on the people of the state, particularly residents of the Orsu community, to assist the police with credible information that would lead to the arrest of the bandits that escaped.
“Report to the nearest police station any person seen with or treating bullet wounds.
“Also, hospitals are advised to ensure that they report any person who comes to them for treatment of bullet wounds,’’ Yaro said.