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SUSPECTED CRIMINALS SET POLICE STATION, PATROL VANS ON FIRE IN EBONYI

By Godfrey Mande, Makurdi

Some Police operatives posted to Noyo Police Station in Ikwo local government area of Ebonyi State on Monday, escaped death as suspected hoodlums went berserk and attacked them. The hoodlums also set the Police station and patrol van on fire.

The DPO of the area, Mr Danjuma Dantata, made this disclosure to newsmen on Tuesday.

Mr Danjuma also said that the hoodlums also broke into the armoury of the station and stole several rifles.

The DPO also expressed his gratitude to the Executive Chairman of Ikwo LGA, Elder Stephen Orogwu for his quick intervention.

Meanwhile, Elder Stephen, who also visited the Police formation, condemned the attack on the Police formation. He also said that the men who perpetrated the act must be brought to book.

He also ordered the immediate transfer of the Police officers who sustained different degrees of injuries during the attack to Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki for proper treatment.

He said, “I came because of the distress calls I received last night over the attack on Noyo police station.

“I have gone round the station and saw the burnt vehicle. I have seen their attempt to burn the main police building, and how they vandalised the offices.”

“I have done the assessment and I will report back to His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Nweze Umahi for his quick intervention on the matter. Though I have sent him a message last night concerning the attack, but I needed to be here this morning to ascertain the level of destruction.”

“I condemn the act and urge the security agents both police, DSS and community vigilante to do their job by giving a full investigation on the matter and bring the perpetrators to book,” he said.

The Chairman also appealed to the youths of the state to engage in meaningful activities and not get involved in a web of crimes, adding that there are some government empowerment programmes that they can tap into.

He also commended Police officers and local vigilante groups for their prompt action during the attack on the Police formation.

All efforts made by THE NATIONS EXPRESS to get a reaction from Loveth Obianuju Police Public Relations officer Ebonyi Command prove abortive as she told our Correspondent she would get back to us.

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