DARE devil armed gangsters, weekend, stormed and sacked the Divisional Police Headquarters, Nwaorieubi, Mbaitoli local council area of Imo State, killing a serving police officer in a lightening operation.
Crime GAlert gathered that the hoodlums said to be numbering about six stormed the Police Division a few minutes after nine in the evening of the ill-fated day, with sophisticated weapons.
It was further gathered that on entering the premises, which also houses the barracks, the gangsters started shooting sporadically and some of the policemen on and off duty scampered for safety.
A villager who spoke on strict grounds of anonymity, equally told Crime Alert that "the gunmen eventually held the police officers on duty hostage and threatened to kill all of them if they did not produce a particular policeman".
Haven for hoodlums
It was also learnt that as soon as the policeman they were looking for appeared, they shot him at close range and moved away thereafter.
Other villagers who spoke on the issue lamented that the rural, sleepy and peaceful Nwaorieubi community is gradually turning into a haven for hoodlums. They recalled with grief that only recently, a popular hotelier in the area was brutally murdered in his hotel, adding that several kidnap cases have also been reported in the area.
When contacted on his mobile telephone line for confirmation, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Samuel Oodee, said "a policeman was shot in Nwaorieubi Police Division by the invading hoodlums" but could not give details. He asked for some time to get the details, promising that he will get back to Crime guard later in the day.