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Gunmen raid police station kill DPO, pregnant woman, others

  •  Youth set Imo police station on fire

Irate youths have stormed a police station in Obowo local government area  of Imo state, setting the station on fire and sending the officers at the station running for their lives.

The rampaging youths were said to have broken into the station, setting all those in the cell free before setting the station alight.

The officers, who were on ground, were said to have fled after losing the bid to control the angry mob.

It was gathered that the attack was in retaliation of the death of a resident of the community who was allegedly shot dead by a policeman on Sunday.

“A resident of Otoko in Obowo LGA was killed by a trigger-happy policeman yesterday and today, the youth stormed there in their numbers. After overpowering the officers, they set the police station on fire,” a source said.

Rabiu Ladodo, Imo state commissioner of police, confirmed the incident, vowing that the police would get to the root of the matter.

The Commissioner said: “I am here now at Obowo where the youth burnt one of the police stations. I am presently there now,”

“An incident happened yesterday where one policeman said to have shot somebody to death. So, they now retaliated. I am trying to rescue the policemen who ran into the bush.”

The sacking of the police station in Imo state came less that 24 hours after some gunmen raided a police station in Agudama community of Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, killing four officers, including a pregnant woman.

Sources in the community were quoted as saying the attackers also made away with the rifles and ammunition during the operation that lasted hours.

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