Gunmen have set ablaze another police station in Imo State, including three operational vehicles few hours after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and just sacked Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, left Owerri, the state capital. This is coming just a day after some gunmen attacked Owerri Correctional Centre and the Imo State Police Command headquarters, freeing 1,884 inmates and razing over 50 vehicles.
Osinbajo and other Federal Government officials, including the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, had visited the state to inspect the level of damage on the burnt police and prison facilities.
The gunmen burnt Ehime Mbano Local Government Area Divisional Police Headquarters shortly after the dignitaries left.
According to the Vice President’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, the sacked IGP came on his own to the state, while Osinbajo was in Imo on a previous invitation by the governor to commission some projects. He was accompanied on the visit by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba; Minister of State for Steel and Mines Development, Uchechukwu Ogah; and the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Senator Babafemi Ojudu.
“After commissioning the project, the Vice President then visited the Correctional facility, and the state police command attacked on Monday. During the visit to the burnt facilities, the Interior Minister joined the VP delegation. The former IGP was leaving town when Osinbajo arrived. They were on absolutely different missions,” Akande said.
It was gathered that on arrival at the station, the gunmen operated unchallenged for more than 45 minutes and freed all suspects in detention before setting the Police Divisional headquarters ablaze.
A source said: “Gunmen this evening razed Ehime Mbano LGA police divisional headquarters. On arrival, the gunmen freed the suspects before wreaking havoc.”
Imo State police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack to The Guardian. He said: “There is no casualty on the part of the police and no loss of arm though three vehicles were burnt.” A senior police officer, who pleaded for anonymity, said the command’s hierarchy was saddened by the latest development.