31 December 2012

Nigeria: Police Confirm Attack Station in Hong

Adamawa Police Command's Public Relation Officer, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, has confirmed the attack on Hong Divisional Police Station in Hong Local Government Area by some unidentified gunmen on Sunday.

Ibrahim told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola on Monday that the gunmen attacked the station at 8 pm on Sunday but were repelled by policemen who engaged them in a shootout.

"They were forced to retreat in different directions and were disorganized after they were forced to abandon their mission.

"They scattered and could not regroup to attack other places as they planned", Ibrahim said.

He explained that no casualty was recorded on the police side except that a girl in the neighbourhood sustained minor injury from a stray bullet.

NAN reports that the Hong incident came three days after a similar attack on Maiha Divisional police station on Friday.

During the Maiha attack, in which two people were killed (a policeman and a civilian), the hoodlums also attacked Prisons, Customs, the Presidential Lodge, the Area Court and the Local Education Authority offices in the local Government.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa Comptroller of Prisons, Mr Andrew Barka, has confirmed that 11 out of the 35 convicts freed by gunmen at the Maiha satellite Prisons on Friday were now back in custody.

Barka explained that four of the convicts returned on their own while seven were re-arrested. While seeking the support and cooperation of the public in tracking those still at large, Barka said the inmates have been transferred to Mubi Prison.

Barka said the convicts of Maiha were serving various terms based on minor crimes.

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