Today 7th May, 2021 the new Commissioner of Police Imo State CP. Abutu Yaro held a press briefing at the command Headquarters Owerri.
His Speech: Recall that I took over duty as the Commissioner of Police Imo State Command yesterday being 06th May, 2021 and during my inaugural briefing, I told Imolites that we shall occupy the public space, and also re-strategise to ensure crime and criminality is reduced to its barest minimum.
I also informed you that we shall do everything within our powers to ensure that Imolites sleep with both eyes closed.
To this end, I want to let you know that we have hit the ground running and I wish to showcase to you a case of what you people call the “Unknown Gun Men” who go about attacking Police Stations and other Formations.
ATTACK ON ORLU AREA COMMAND/DIVISIONAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS AND ORLU METROPOLIS
On the 6th of May, 2021 a group of Bandits attempted to attack the Divisional Police and Area command Headquarters both in Orlu LGA , but were successfully repelled. However, the operatives IGP Response Team (IRT) in conjunction with the special forces and other tactical Teams of the Command, engaged them in a shootout and in a bid to retreat and escape they met the reinforcement teams from the Military and DSS, they were then engaged from on both fronts.
After the gun duel, nine of the insurgents lost their lives while others fled with bullets wounds abandoning their operational vehicles in the process.
However, four (4) of our operatives sustained various degree injuries and are presently responding to treatment.
The hoodlums were seen in a viral video around Orlu Metropolis stealing and forcefully collecting items from people, and also causing public disorder and brandishing assorted types of rifles with brazen bravado.
They are reasonably believed to be part of the hoodlums that attacked the Police Headquarters and the Correctional Service on the 5th of April 2021.
Meanwhile, below are the items recovered :
1. Four (4) AK 47 Rifles
2. One (1) Pump Action
3. Two (2) Toyota Siena
4. One (1) Toyota Camry Car
5. One (1) Toyota Hilux Van
6. One (1) SUV Highlander
7. One (1) SUV Land Rover
8. One (1) Nissan Pick up Van
9. Assorted Charms .