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JUST IN: Police repel fifth attack on Police facility in Imo State, accuses IPOB

The police in Imo State have on Friday repelled a ‘deadly attack’ by members of an outlawed group on the Mbieri Police Divisional headquarters situated in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.

Friday’s attack was the fifth on police facilities in the South-eastern state in the last one month.

Police spokesperson Michael Abattam, in a Friday statement, said the attack was carried out by suspected members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on the Mbieri Police Divisional Headquarters.

Mr. Abbatam said the gunmen used explosives. He said the explosives caused minimal damage to some ‘unserviceable vehicles and some windows’ in the facility.

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“The hoodlums, who threw improvised explosive devices into the station and shot sporadically, were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the combat-ready police operatives, forcing them to retreat in panic, escaping in their vehicles,” he said.

“No life was lost or injury sustained by the operatives and no arms/ammunition were carted away,” the police spokesperson added.

Mr Abbatam said the acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Maman Giwa, enjoined residents of the state to continue to support efforts against insecurity by “giving security agencies, especially the police, credible and timely information for prompt action”.

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