By Sunday Bassey/ Uyo
The Police Command in Akwa Ibom has confirmed the attack by gunmen of a Divisional Police Headquarters in Odoro Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area (LGA).
The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, disclosed this while carrying out an on-the-spot assessment of the attacked police station.
Macdon said: “Yes, there was an attack of the Divisional Police Headquarters, Odoro Ikpe.
“Six persons, including five officers and a wife of an officer, were killed.”
He said items destroyed included vehicles and other valuables.
A witness said that the hoodlums came in two buses and a Sienna car filled with armed men, numbering about 40.
He said that the gunmen arrived the place with sophisticated weapons and broke into the police facility at about 2:45 a.m, killing five policemen on duty, injuring many others and setting vehicles alight.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that police stations and other security posts in Akwa Ibom have experienced cases of early morning attacks.
The attacks had led to the death of officers and destruction of facilities, including utility vehicles and infrastructure.
The Chairman of Ini LGA, Mr Isreal Idaisin, also confirmed the attack on the police station.
He commended the youths of the area whom, he said, were proactive in raising alarm which helped to reduce the number of casualties.
“I urge the good people of Ini LGA to stay calm as we are working with relevant security agencies and the state government to ensure that the situation is contained and necessary modalities put in place to forestall a reoccurrence.
“There is no cause for fear as the culprits will be brought to book in no distant time,” he said.