By Salim Yunusa
Three officers have been shot dead inside a Police station at Unwana, Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The deceased officers were a constable and two inspectors.
A resident of Uwana, who did not want to be named, said the gunmen were masked.
He said one of the attackers was killed during the attack, which occurred in the wee hours of Sunday.
He said: “They killed 3 policemen; one constable and two inspectors and the police killed one of the gunmen.
“Nobody knows the identity of the gunmen but the body of the slain officers have been taken to the mortuary.
“The incident happened around 2am; nobody can tell the route the hoodlums came from. All we heard were gunshots for about 10 minutes. At the moment, there is no information to know if they destroyed or stole anything from the police station.
“The men were masked, but the one killed had his face unveiled by the police to ascertain his identity. The deceased hoodlum had red clothes tied around his waist.”
When contacted the state commissioner of Police, Mr. Aliyu Garba, neither denied nor confirmed the report. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Loveth Odah, who did not respond to the inquiry.
Sahelian Times learnt that Daily Trust gathered that some elected political officers holders like the council chairperson, Barr. Mrs. Obiageri Oke-Enyim, councilors and coordinators from the LGA visited the station before noon to assess the situation.
The attacks on police stations in Ebonyi is gradually becoming a weekly affair in the state.
It was reported that yet to be identified hoodlums had last week attacked Ohankwu Police station in Ohankwu local government area of the state and killed a police sergeant.
Suspected militants of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been blamed for the attacks but they have denied this.