Awka – The Police have refuted reports that it lost its personnel in Monday’s attack on its 13th Zonal Command, Ukpo, Anambra State, by unknown gunmen.
Unconfirmed reports have alleged that two operatives of the Zonal Command were gunned down by the gunmen in the attack that occured in the early hours of yesterday.
But in a clarification on Tuesday, the Zonal Public Relations Officer, Nkiru Nwode, said operatives of the Nigeria Police Force attached to Zone-13 Headquarters, successfully repelled the attack by the gunmen.
She revealed that the attackers, who came in their numbers, shooting sporadically in order to gain access to the facility, were repelled by Police personnel on duty who showed profound gallantry in the face of the seemingly overwhelming attack.
“Following the inability of the attackers to access the facility, they cowardly threw petrol bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on vehicles within the periphery of the Headquarters.
“One of the criminal elements was neutralized during the exchange of gunfire between the Police and the attackers while many of the gang members escaped with gunshots injuries.
“One L7A2 General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), Ninety-two rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, one locally-made smoke pistol and an axe were recovered by the Police,” she revealed.
The ZPPRO regretted that two police operatives sustained gunshot injuries and are presently receiving treatment.
“The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Police Command, CP Kuryas Monday, who is also standing in for the Zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police, has commended the Police operatives for putting up a strong resistance against the attackers.
“The CP, supported by other senior officers from Zone-13 Headquarters and the State Command, is personally leading a special operation aimed at tracing, identifying and arresting the perpetrators to bring them to book,” the ZPPRO informed.
The Zonal Command urged proprietors of private and public (including unorthodox) medical facilities in and around Anambra state to admit, but report anyone found seeking medical attention for bullet wounds and related injuries to the nearest police station.
It called on citizens in the State not to panic but to go about their lawful duties, assuring of the Command’s resolve to re-dominate, reclaim and secure all public spaces as directed by the Inspector General of Police.