Gunmen on Wednesday night attacked a police station in Obosi, in the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, killing two policemen and destroying several buildings at the station.
The attack came barely 24 hours after a new Commissioner of Police, Christopher Owolobi, assumed office in the state.
A police source who pleaded anonymity said a large number of gunmen had stormed and attacked the station at about 11pm to 12pm, leaving two police Inspectors, (James and Awalu) dead.
The source added that the suspects in the cell were freed before the station was razing down.
Another source told our correspondent “when other police officers on duty had noticed unusual movement of the gunmen, they took to their heels, giving the hoodlums a free day to operate.
The state Police Public Relations Officer,
Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the incident, saying investigation had commenced.
He disclosed that the bodies of the deceased had been deposited at a nearby morgue, assuring that the Command was on top of the situation.
The PPRO said the Commissioner of Police, Chris Owolabi, had dispatched a tactical team for on -the-spot assessment of the incident.
He added, “The tactical team led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police was directed to have on the spot assessment of the place.
“The team was equally told to possibly identify and apprehend the hoodlums that perpetrated the attack.”
No fewer than 10 police formations had been attacked in similar circumstances recently in the state, and about 16 security operatives killed during the attacks.