The Police High Command has accused the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) of carrying out the attacks on the Isiala Mbano Police Station on Thursday.
The command also confirmed that no life was lost but that one of the police operatives sustained a gunshot injury and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Narrating the incident on Friday, the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Rabiu Hussaini said armed bandits suspected to be members of IPOB/ESN group came to Isiala Mbano Police Station in about five vehicles and three motorcycles and started shooting indiscriminately.
He said they threw petrol bombs on the roof of the already damaged building. The building was damaged by hoodlums during the 2020 #EndSARS protest.
The Commissioner said gallant police operatives attached to the station returned fire, engaging them in a gun duel.
He said they were able to repel the bandits and that in the process, the assailants zoomed off in their vehicles and motorcycles.
The police chief said, “Due to the gallantry of the police operatives no arm was lost. The fire was extinguished not after causing some damages to the building.
“The command’s tactical teams have been dispatched to the area in pursuit of the bandits and to beef up security in the area.”