Gunmen wearing military camouflage on Monday, stormed a Police checkpoint at Mopol base, beside Abia Police Command in Umuahia and killed a Police Inspector on duty.
It was learnt that the attack took place at about 1:00am at Bende road when the gunmen attacked Policemen on guard in front of Mobile Police base, beside the State Police Headquarters, shooting at the Policemen.
The Commissioner of Police, Janet Agbede who confirmed the attack, stated that the attackers also came with gun truck.
The Commissioner in the statement through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Geoffrey Ogbonna said, “It is quite unfortunate that on 13th December,2021 at about 0100 hours, gunmen disguised in military camouflage and using a gun truck, opened fire at Policemen on pin down duty in front of 28 Police Mobile Force beside the State headquarters, Bende road, Umuahia.
Policemen who were on red alert returned fire which repelled the hoodlums from carrying out their dastardly intentions and quickly fled the scene with bullet injuries.”
The statement continued, “regrettably, one Inspector, Friday Adama of 17 Police Mobile Force Akure on Operation Restore Peace special duty in the Command lost his life during the gun duel.”
The Abia Police Commissioner called on residents, operators of medical facilities and the general public to report anyone found with bullet wounds to the Police or security agencies.
CP Agbede used the release to warn to Abia parents and guardians to warn their children against engaging in criminal activities before, during and after festive periods.