Police arrest five suspects over burnt Imo station

The police on Tuesday afternoon said it had arrested five suspects in connection with the attack on Orji Divisional Police Headquarters in Owerri, the state capital.

The Police spokesperson in the state, Bala Elkana, told our correspondent that security operatives repelled the hoodlums.

He gave the names of the suspects as Chigaemezu Sabastine, 26, Casmir Ibe 36, John Chinonso, 24, Chukwudi Okoro 28, and Alozie Daberechi, 25.

Elkana disclosed that no security operative lost his life and that no riffle was lost to the hoodlums.

According to him, three vehicles were recovered.

He said, “On 25th May 2021 at about 1302hours, some hoodlums in their number launched an offensive on the reconstruction site of Orji Divisional Headquarters which was earlier burnt by hoodlums during the End SARS protest in 2020. A philanthropist contracted the reconstruction project.

“The hoodlums, who believed that the re-establishement of a functional police station may prevent them from carrying out their nefarious acts in Orji and environ, decided to invade the construction site.

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“Before the arrival of reinforcement team, the hoodlums melted into the neighbouring township’s area but abandoned their operational vehicles. The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, personally led an enforcement team to the scene.

“The whole area was cordoned and five suspects, namely Chigaemezu Sabastine ‘m’ 26years old, Casmir Ibe ‘m’ 36years old, John Chinonso ‘m’ 24years old, Chukwudi Okoro ‘m’ 28years and Alozie Daberechi ‘m’ 25years old were arrested. No life was lost. Three vehicles were recovered.

“Meanwhile, a mop-up operation is ongoing to arrest more suspects and recover their firearms.”

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