Monday, 1 July 2019

Officers flee as angry youth set Imo police station on fire, free inmates

Angry youth set a police station on fire in of Imo state on Monday following the killing of a young man by officers.

Rampaging youth were said to have broken into the station inObowo local government area of the state, setting all those in the cell free before torching the stations.

The officers, who were on ground, were said to have fled after losing the bid to control the angry mob.

TheCable reports that the attack was in retaliation of the death of a 25-year-old man from the community who was allegedly shot dead by a policeman on Sunday.

“A resident of Otoko in Obowo LGA was killed by a trigger-happy policeman yesterday and today, the youth stormed there in their numbers. After overpowering the officers, they set the police station on fire,” a source was quoted as saying..

Imo state commissioner of police, Rabiu Ladodo, confirmed the incident, vowing that the police would get to the root of the matter.

“I am here now at Obowo where the youth burnt one of the police stations. I am presently there now,” he told TheCable.

“An incident happened yesterday where one policeman said to have shot somebody to death. So, they now retaliated. I am trying to rescue the policemen who ran into the bush.”

The Imo incident happened less that 24 hours after some gunmen raided a police station in Agudama community of Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, killing four officers, including a pregnant woman.

Sources in the community were quoted as saying the attackers also made away with the rifles and ammunition during the operation that lasted hours.

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