Enugu police station attack: Nigeria is collapsing – Obi

Spate of attacks on security agents and formations in the Southeast which had resulted in the death of personnel and the destruction of property continued, yesterday, as no fewer than two policemen were feared dead while an unknown number got injured when yet-to-be-identified gunmen attacked Adani Police Station in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, yesterday, said government would not fold its arms and watch bandits kill innocent people.

Vanguard gathered that the recent attack in Adani Police Station, Enugu State, happened at about 2:30 AM yesterday morning.

A resident of the area, Uchenna Onyeji, said the development has thrown residents of the local government into fear and confusion.

Onyeji added that the gunmen, after freeing all the inmates in the station, visited its ammunition compartment before setting it on fire.

Another resident in Adani who pleaded for anonymity disclosed that the attack lasted for more than two hours with sporadic gunshots. The source equally said that security personnel in the area were not able to contain the superior firepower of the gunmen, leading to the burning of the police station.

Another resident of the area told Vanguard that the gunmen gave notice of the attack before striking, adding that they snatched three AK-47 riffles from policemen guarding a Chinese company in the area, three days before this incident.

Recall that eight persons were equally killed in the same area two weeks ago when the residents clashed with suspected Fulani herdsmen.

This is even as two farmers were equally killed in their farm at Nimbo by suspected herdsmen two weeks ago.

The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, yesterday, visited the scene of Adani Police Station for an on-the-spot-assessment of damages perpetrated during an attack on the station.

The CP who visited the scene at Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State with other sister security agencies in the state, has ordered the immediate deployment of the command’s operational and intelligence assets to identify and apprehend the gunmen who he said “attacked and set ablaze the station without provocation.”

The statement made available to Vanguard through the spokesperson of the command, Daniel Ndukwe, commiserated with the families and loved ones of the victims of the attack and urged the general public to assist the police in their efforts to apprehend the perpetrators.

Part of the statement read: “Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, has ordered the immediate deployment of the Command’s operational and intelligence assets to identify and apprehend the yet to be identified gunmen, who without warrant and provocation, violently attacked and set ablaze Adani Police Station today, 21st April, 2021 at about 2.30am. He gave this order during a prompt on-the-spot assessment visit of the station, alongside heads of sister security agencies in the state.

“Meanwhile, the unknown assailants, who attacked the station in their numbers, were resisted by Police operatives on duty and in the ensuing gun duel, some of the gunmen escaped with gunshot injuries. Unfortunately, two (2) of the Policemen were critically wounded and later confirmed dead in the hospital.

“The Commissioner, while commiserating with families and beloved friends of the slained Policemen, who unfortunately paid the ultimate price during the violent attack, has called on members of the public to assist the Police with timely and credible information that will aid the quick identification and arrest of the assailants.

“He further urges residents of the state, especially owners of medical facilities, to promptly report to the Police anyone suspected to have gunshot injuries.”

When reached for comment over the incident, the Enugu State Commissioner for Information, Barr. Chidi Aroh, said he has not been briefed about the incident. He however, directed our reporter to liase with the police for accurate information regarding the attack.

Govt’ll not fold its arms, watch bandits kill innocent people —Umahi

Meantime, Governor Umahi of Ebonyi State has condoled with the people of Umugadu in Umuogudu Akpu Mgbo, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state over the senseless killing that took place in the area about a week ago. The governor conveyed the condolence of his administration when he embarked on a visit to the area to personally ascertain the level of carnage during the incident.

On Tuesday during the State Security Meeting, the governor had declared the national coordinator, Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, wanted over alleged incisive publications leading to renewed killings in Effium, Ebonyi State. He also ordered the arrest and prosecution of an Ezillo, Ishielu Local Government Area Councillor, whose action on a disputed land allegedly brought about the recent crises which claimed lives in the area.

The governor who expressed sadness over the unfortunate incident of the attack observed that the precarious situation in the country called for internal arrangement against external aggression.

“I feel so sad when I learned of this, my spirit went down so low. How lives no longer means much in our country again? It is so sad that people will be sleeping in their houses and others will come and kill them for what they know nothing about.