The Abia State Police Command has directed hospitals and clinics to report any person with bullet wounds brought to them to the nearest police station without delay.
This follows the attack on the Abayi Police Station at the early hours of Tuesday where two policemen reportedly lost their lives. The Commissioner of Police Abia State Command, CP Janet Agbede who gave this directive in Umuahia Tuesday evening in an interview with our reporter argued that inasmuch it is the right of the bullet-wound victims to be treated before the law enforcement agencies are contacted; it is also the duties of the hospital/clinics to alert the police as they are being treated.
CP Agbede who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna disclosed that some of the hoodlums have been arrested by the police, while a manhunt has been launched for those still at large.
Reports have it that some weeks after the attack and burning of Omoba Police Station in Isiala-Ngwa South local government area of Abia State that left an Inspector of Police dead, gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday, February 23, attacked and burnt another police state, Abayi Police Station in Osisioma LGA of the state. Osisioma is a town that is near Aba.
It was gathered that the hoodlums numbering over 50 attacked and killed an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and a police Corporal attached to the station.
Sources at the police station disclosed that the attack occurred at 2:30am on Tuesday, when the hoodlums took the police unawares, attacked the station and made away with some ammunition.
The incident, our reporter maintained, has created tension and fears in the commercial city, as police officers serving in the city are now working in fears.
It was further gathered that that some policemen on duty engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle, which resulted in the death of the two policemen and some casualties on the side of the hoodlums, while many of them fled with bullet injuries.
Informed sources stated that the attackers who freed some suspects in the police station threw petrol into the station before gaining entrance into the facility.
Meanwhile, Abia State government on Tuesday imposed a ban on tricycle operations in major cities of the state.
A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu said henceforth tricycle operation in the state is between 7pm and 7am.
The statement reads in part: “The attention of Abia State Government has been drawn to a mindless and cowardly attack on a police station in Aba by yet to be identified armed hoodlums in the early hours of today leading to loss of precious lives and carting away of arms and ammunition.
“We wish to assure members of the public that government is working with security agencies in the state to fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly crime and bring them to justice as quickly as possible.
“No part of Abia land will be ceded to criminals operating under any guise and we will not spare any resource in ensuring that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are brought to book in no distant time and the stolen arms and ammunition recovered completely.
“Sadly, the arms these hoodlums have carted away from law enforcement agents will most likely be used against innocent citizens. Government therefore calls on citizens to avail law enforcement agencies with vital information that will lead to the arrest of the criminals and recovery of these arms .
“We are determined to pay N1m for any information leading to the recovery of any of the stolen arms and or arrest of any suspect. Anyone with such information can contact this number: +234 803 914 8294.
“Such information will be treated with the utmost secrecy it deserves.
“Consequently, Government hereby imposes a ban on Keke/Okada operations between 7pm and 7am in all major cities of the state starting from today, 23rd February, 2021.
“Once again, we call for total vigilance and prompt information from citizens to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the hoodlums. We call on banks and other vulnerable institutions to fortify security around their places of business while strongly advising all security formations in the state to remain on red alert until the situation is fully pacified.
“Law abiding citizens and visitors are advised to go about their normal businesses while maintaining vigilance as measures have been put in place to ensure their safety.
“Those attacking security agents and formations only seek to engender anarchy and fear in the minds of our people but we will not allow them to win or turn our focus away from the onerous task of rapidly developing our state. We will therefore continue to support security agencies with whatever they need to foil the agenda of the hoodlums.
“While we implore community leaders to be vigilant, we urge parents and guardians to take more interest in the activities of their children and wards to avoid their falling prey to cri
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.