Richard Ginika Izuora
The Imo State Police Command has confirmed the death of three suspected bandits and a Police Inspector.
Their death followed a gun battle at the Police Division in Orsu Local Government Area on Thursday night.
Commissioner of Police in Imo state, Abutu Yaro disclosed this in a statement signed by the Command’s spokesman, CSP Mike Abattam in Owerri on Friday, August 6.
Yaro said the Commands tactical team engaged the bandits after they attacked the Police station with explosive devices.
The Commissioner said the Police later subdued the bandits and recovered their rifles; while others fled into the bush with bullet wounds.
“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 neutralized and their guns: one pump action gun; and two locally-made double barrel pistols were recovered; while others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds.”