Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has asked Abia residents to report anyone seeking medical treatment to the nearest command of the force, especially those with bullet wounds.
The call follows the attack on the Abayi Police Station, Aba in Osisioma Ngwa local government area of the state in the early hours of Tuesday by hoodlums said to number up to 200 armed with AK-47 rifles and machetes.
Police sources said the hoodlums invaded the station and set part of it ablaze with the aid of petrol bombs and other explosives.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, Wednesday, quoted the IGP Adamu as commiserating with the family and friends of the deceased officers, even as he warned that ‘dire consequences await any person or group of persons who, under whatever guise, engages in an unwarranted attack on any public property and directs all Command CPs to employ all legally permissible measures to protect lives and property.’
Following the attack, police in Abia State Command successfully neutralised four attackers, arrested eight persons and recovered arms and ammunition from the hoodlums.
Also, two officers, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP Vincent Gonze and Sergeant Emmanuel Okoronkwo unfortunately paid the supreme price.
According to Mba, investigation ‘is still ongoing and the perpetrators of the unwholesome incident will be prosecuted in due course. ‘
“The police high command calls on proprietors of medical facilities, both public and private, in and around Abia State to report any person(s) found seeking medical treatment for bullet wounds and other related injuries to the nearest police station,” the IGP said.