By Ozioruva Aliu
There is fear among Igueben residents in the Igueben local government area of Edo state, as on Monday night, unknown gunmen invaded the police station and entered its arsenal, taking weapons and ammunition, and, in the process, they allegedly killed three people, including two policemen and other seriously injured.
Although the police denied the murder of any person, they deduced that the unidentified persons attacked the facility with substances believed to be explosives, broke into the arsenal and took weapons.
The development has created fear and protest among residents, as the council leadership ordered all council workers to close work while the investigation is underway and other residents protest and condemn the act and call for an investigation.
A resident of the area said On Monday, “The attackers arrived around 7:30 pm and threw explosives inside the station, which made it easier for them to enter and killed three people, including two policemen and a civilian.
“A police inspector, a bailiff and a civilian died and the men entered the armory and left with their weapons. The president of the council has ordered that the workers stay at home with a call for investigation “
But the public relations officer for the state police, Chidi Nwabuzor, said there were no fatalities in the attack.
In a statement, he said: “During a shooting duel, one of the alleged armed robbers was shot dead, two policemen were injured and taken to hospital. The police confiscated a motorcycle, suspected of belonging to the thieves. No police were killed in the attack. The police are doing everything possible to eliminate criminal elements in that axis of the state capital. As I speak, normality has returned to that part of town. “
This incident occurred less than 24 hours after Police Commissioner Johnson Kokumo issued a seven-day ultimatum for suspected thugs, who hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protests in Edo state to return all stolen weapons, ammunition and other items or face dire consequences.
Meanwhile, a group, the Edo Concerned Citizens Forum (CECF) has condemned the attack and murder at the police station.
A statement from the Convenor and Secretary of Publicity of the group; Roy Oribhabor and
Evans Ogbeifun who was made available to He said: “We hereby condemn in the strongest terms the ruthless and callous attacks on the good people of Igueben where the police station was attacked and some people killed. Igueben is a peaceful society with community interdependence, so as concerned citizens of Edo, we are concerned and disturbed by this ugly incident that happened there.
“We call on security officers not to leave a stone unturned to fish for those behind this cruel conduct to undermine the Nigerian police.”