By Muhaimin Olowoporoku
Another convoy of bandits hit Njaba Local Government in Imo State in the early hours of Saturday.
However, 2 of them were killed during a crossfire with the police.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro, confirmed the attack in a statement signed by the command’s Spokesman, CSP Mike Abattam.
He said one AK47 rifle and an operational vehicle were recovered from the bandits during the gun duel.
The statement said:
“On 31/7/2021 at about 0120 hours, a convoy of bandits moving towards Njaba town to launch an attack was intercepted by Operation Restore Peace team of the Nigeria Police.
“In the ensuing firefight, one of their operational vehicles was demobilized and two of them neutralized, and the remaining ones scampered into the bush.
“On searching the vehicle, one Ak 47 rifle was recovered with 10 rounds of live ammunition and a locally made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges.
“They detonated an Improvised Explosive Devices into the parking lots of a nearby Njaba Police Station causing minimal damage.
“Meanwhile, cordon and pursuant exercise are ongoing in the area and members of the public residing in the area should not panic as the ongoing Police clearance operation is designed to root out violent criminals in that axis.
“Residents should avail Police with information of persons seen treating bullet wounds or hiding within the community.