Anambra State Police Commissioner, CP Chris Owolabi has confirmed that police operatives successfully repelled the attack on ‘B’ Division and the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC by armed hoodlums on Sunday, 23rd of May 2021.
According to CP Owolabi during a press briefing held at INEC office today, Monday, 24/05/2021, although the charge room of Police ‘B’ Division and some INEC facilities were burnt, the hoodlums recorded great casualties.
The Briefing in full ”Good morning gentlemen of the PRESS.
On 23/5/2021 at about 8:20pm, hoodlums operating in three Hilux vehicles carried out coordinated and simultaneous attacks at both B’ Division headquarters and State INEC office Awka.
Commissioner of Police Anambra State They were successfully repelled by the police and other security agencies who quickly mobilized to the scene forcing them to scamper for safety with many sustaining gunshot wounds as revealed by blood trails in the surrounding bushes. Seven (7) INEC vehicles and part of the store building were torched from an improvised explosive device (IED) thrown into the premises which was promptly extinguished by firefighters. At B’ Division police station, an explosive ordinance lobbed into the station partially torched the charge room but was quickly put off as the assailants were also repelled without recording any police casualty.”
Also speaking, the Anambra Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji noted that the main building of INEC is safe.
Apart from seven operational vehicles, the stock and collation centers were gutted by fire as a result of the attack. Also, no major casualty was recorded due to prompt response of the police operatives.
Consequently, *the Deputy Inspector-General of Police South East, DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Commissioner of Police CP Chris Owolabi and other senior officers* visited the scenes for on the spot assessment. Exhibits recovered include *six pump action guns, one AK 47 and one type 06 Rifle each, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), 50 cartridges, charms, expended ammunition, police berets and boots, public address system, tricycle and three Hilux vehicles.*
Meanwhile, efforts are ongoing to arrest fleeing suspects. Members of the public are assured of their safety and encouraged to report any person seen with bullet wounds through police emergency number 07039194332 or to the nearest Police Station for prompt action.
*CP CHRIS OWOLABI Commissioner of Police Anambra State Police Command*
The Commissioner further stated that investigations is still ongoing to enable them apprehend the injured ones but assured Ndi Anambra of improved security system.
He enjoined the public to provide the police with necessary information that will help their operation, especially when there is suspected movement within their area.
The CP further said that more information will be made available to the public on the development as the investigation continues, and commended his men for their alertness.
The CP during his interaction with the press assured that the state security operatives including the military, DSS among others are ever ready to ensure a safe and secure Anambra and advised anyone involved in any form of criminality to retrace his or her steps as Anambra is not safe for them.