Imo State Police Command, yesterday, repelled attempt by bandits to attack Njaba Town, including a police station in Njaba Local Council.
The state Police Spokesman, Michael Abattam, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said the interception was made possible by the Command’s Operation Restore Peace, which the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, recently, put in place.
Abattam said two bandits were neutralised, while others escaped with bullet wounds. One AK 47 riffle and 10 rounds of live ammunition, locally- made double barrel pistol and expended cartridges were recovered from them.
The bandits also detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) around a parking lot, near the police station in Njaba, which according to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), caused minimal damage.
Abattam said: “On 31/7/2021, at about 0120 hours, a convoy of bandits moving towards Njaba Town to launch an attack was intercepted by Operation Restore Peace team of the Nigeria Police, Imo State Command .
“And in the ensuing fire fight, one of their operational vehicles was demobilised. Two of them were neutralised and the remaining ones scampered into the bush.
“On searching the vehicle, one AK 47 rifle was recovered with 10 rounds of live ammunition and a locally-made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges.
“They detonated an Improvised Explosive Devices into the parking lots of a nearby Njaba Police Station, causing minimal damage.
“Meanwhile, cordon and pursuant exercise is ongoing in the area and members of the public residing in the area should not panic, as the ongoing Police clearance operation is designed to root out violent criminals in that axis…”
Residents were urged to report to the Police any person seen treating bullet wounds or hiding within the community.
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