The Imo State Police Command said it has killed four gunmen suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network of the Indigenous People of Biafra who launched an attack on the community of the State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, in the early hours of Sunday.
The spokesman of the Command, Michael Abattam, confirmed the development in a statement he issued on Sunday.
Abattam said police operatives repelled attack by the gunmen who attempted to raze Omuma Divisional Police Headquarters in Oru west Local Government Area of the State, which is the hometown of Uzodimma.
He said the armed men came with explosives and other dangerous weapons to attack the station, but were subdued by the swift response of the Tactical Team of the command and operatives of the Department of State Services.
He said: “The Police Operatives engaged the hoodlums in fierce gun duel and in the process four of the bandits were neutralised on the spot while other scampered into the bush having suffered a huge defeat, with a number of them sustaining various degrees of bullet wounds. While there was no casualty on the side of the joint security operatives.”
Abattam said the Bomb Disposal Unit of the Command has taken custody of five undetonated different capacities of Improvised Explosives Devices recovered from the neutralised bandits.