127 South-South, South-East cops killed, 25 stations razed – Report

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Not less than 25 police stations have been attacked in parts of the South-East and South-South in the past five months.

Reports also showed that over 127 policemen and other security personnel have been killed during the attacks.

The attacks which have occurred in Abia,  Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Cross River and Rivers State, have spread fear among the populace.

It was gathered that many security operatives were seeking redeployment to less volatile parts of the country.

On Monday, gunmen attacked and burnt the Apumiri Ubakala Police Station in the Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State.

The attack which occurred despite the 8pm to 6am curfew imposed on parts of the state, was the fifth in eight days.

Prior to the attack, police stations in Nkporo, Uzuakoli, Ubani Ibeku and Bende had been attacked and burnt.

Earlier on January 23, two policemen were killed after gunmen invaded a police station in Aba.

On February 1, hoodlums, numbering about 20 razed the police division in Omoba, in the Isiala Ngwa South LGA of Abia State, killing a policeman and looting the armoury.

Gunmen also attacked the Abayi police station in Osisioma Ngwa LGA in Abia on February 23. They killed a policeman, looted arms and set the station ablaze.

On March 23, three police officers attached to the Abiriba police division were killed in Ohafia LGA and their rifles taken away. Similarly, a police station was burnt at Ihitte-Uboma LGA on March 9.

In Imo State, two policemen were killed on February 5 at the Umulowo Police Division in the Obowo LGA.

Also a policewoman was shot when suspected hoodlums attacked a police station in the Aboh Mbaise LGA on February 25.

On April 5, gunmen attacked the Imo State Police Command headquarters and the Correctional Centre in Owerri. They looted the armoury, torched several vehicles and freed no fewer than 600 detainees and 1,844 inmates.

Hoodlums also attacked the divisional police headquarters at Isiala Mbano on March 20, but no casualty was recorded.

In Anambra State, hoodlums killed a police officer and razed a patrol vehicle in Ekwulobia on February 24.

On March 18, an unspecified number of policemen were killed in Ekwulobia when gunmen attacked various locations. Two staff members of the Nigeria Correctional Service in Awka, who were escorting inmates to court in Ekwulobia, were gunned down.

On March 31, three policemen attached to the former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, were killed in Isuofia.

The same violent attacks was recorded in Ebonyi State when three policemen were attacked at Onueke Police Station in the Ezza South Local Government Area of the state on January 8.

A police station was burnt at Isu, Onicha LGA on February 4. On March 1, a police station was attacked at Iboko Police Division in Izzi.

On April 14, three policemen attached to the Safer Highway Patrol team were killed in an attack at Ogoja-Abakaliki Expressway by Nwaezenyi junction. The attackers, who disguised as a burial party, opened fire when stopped for a check.

Assistant Inspector-General, Operations, Johnson Kokumo, at a forum in Abuja in April that more than 20 police officers had been  killed across the country as of March.

An Intelligence and Security Risk Consultant, Kabir Adamu, lamented the targeted attacks on security personnel and formations.

Adamu said, “It is an indication that what we have predicted is likely to happen. When gunmen started attacking military formations in the South-East, there was an analysis that suggested that it is a prelude to a bigger plan that they have and this plan may include an all-out attack of this manner and in terms of consequences, I don’t think Nigeria can afford another all-out conflict like what is happening in the North-East.”

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