Unknown gunmen, in the early hours of Monday, April 19, 2021 attacked the Nigeria Police Force Zone-13 Headquarters, Ukpo, Anambra State.
According to the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer ( ZPPRO) DSP Nwode Nkeiruka, “the attackers, who came in their numbers shooting sporadically in order to gain access to the facility, were repelled by Police personnel on duty who showed profound gallantry in the face of the seemingly overwhelming attack.”
The ZPPRO, in the statement, said further that when the attackers failed to gain access to facility, they resorted to throwing “petrol bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on vehicles within the periphery of the Headquarters.
“One of the criminal elements was neutralized during the exchange of gunfire between the Police and the attackers while many of the gang members escaped with gunshots injuries.
“One L7A2 General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), Ninety-two rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, one locally-made smoke pistol and an axe were recovered by the Police. Regrettably, two police operatives sustained gunshot injuries and are presently receiving treatment. “
The statement also said that the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Police Command, CP Kuryas Monday, who is standing in for the Zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police, commended the Police operatives for putting up a strong resistance against the attackers and, with the support of other senior officers from Zone-13 Headquarters and the State Command, “is personally leading a special operation aimed at tracing, identifying and arresting the perpetrators to bring them to book.”
The Commissioner has also “called on proprietors of private and public (including unorthodox) medical facilities in and around Anambra state to admit, but report anyone found seeking medical attention for bullet wounds and related injuries to the nearest police station.”