A police sergeant has been killed in Ebonyi State following an attack by gunmen on Ohaukwu Police Headquarters at 135 Ezzamgbo, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.
SaharaReporters gathered that the attack happened in the early hours of Monday.
Confirming the incident, Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi said the gunmen threw a petrol bomb into the station.
She said, “Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen came to Ohaukwu Divisional Headquarters to attack the men and officers on duty and they were repelled. In the process
"One police officer, a sergeant paid the supreme price.
“They threw (a) petrol bomb into the station and unfortunately, it got one of the patrol vehicles and exhibit vehicle parked at the place.
“The commissioner of police has visited the station for on-the-spot assessment of the area. He has met with the community leaders.
“This is the first time we are experiencing such a thing and the non-state actors, being the vigilantes and all those security outfits are of great assistance to the police. It is a very surprising thing to us, we don’t expect any attack.”
The incident is the latest in what appears to be a growing trend of attacks on police stations and security personnel in the South-East region of the country.
The governors in the region recently announced the establishment of a joint security outfit, codenamed ‘Ebube Agu’ to "battle rising insecurity".