Another attack directed at the Imo State Police Headquarters and government institutions in Owerri on Sunday morning have been repelled by the police and the vigilance service, the state police command said has said.
According to reports, the development threw residents of the trouble city into panic as repeated gunshots were heard.
One the gunmen was said to have been killed during the attack that led to security operatives taking over almost all the streets and roads in the state capital.
Residents said gunshots were heard at the World Bank Residential Area, Amakohia and Akwakuma Area, Government House axis, Control Post Area, Wetheral, Ikenegbu, and Bank Road axis.
The spokesman of the state command, Bala Elkana while confirming the development, said the attack was foiled by security operatives, and urged residents to go about their lawful businesses, noting that the heavy presence of security operatives in the town was to secure the state capital.
Eliana said: “The heavy Police presence and vigilance has helped in stopping an attempt by some hoodlums this morning to disrupt the beautiful Sunday in Owerri.
“Hoodlums masquerading as unknown gunmen attempted an attack on the Police Headquarters this morning but suffered a huge defeat. They made effort to access the Police Headquarters through Works Layout around Avan Nursery and Primary School but were vehemently repelled.”