Gunmen continued their attack on police formations and other facilities in Abia State continued, on Wednesday night, when they razed parts of Bende Local Government Area headquarters and the adjourning police station.
Reports from Bende said the gunmen stormed the area on the night of Wednesday, shot into the air to scare away people before starting the operation that lasted for about 45 minutes.
It was gathered that during the operation, one policeman was shot in the leg, while the entire building was razed down.
A source said suspects who were detained at the station were freed by the gunmen, while two vehicles and three motorcycles were destroyed at the police station.
The source further disclosed that after the police station operation, the gunmen move over to the nearby local government headquarters, where they burnt the council’s hall.
The gunmen were said to have equally set ablaze the council’s plant house, burning all the generators to ashes.
The incident was said to have thrown the town into confusion as many residents could not sleep with two eyes closed throughout Wednesday night.
As of yesterday morning, there were reports of the heavy presence of soldiers who had arrived in the area to restore normalcy.
Wednesday night’s attack brings to four the number of such public facilities that have been attacked in the state within three days.
Spokesman of the state command, SP Godfrey Ogbonna, confirmed the attacks.
He said the hoodlums later released criminal suspects, who were detained at the station.
“They also burnt two vehicles, including the Divisional Police Officer’s Highlander Jeep, and three motorcycles, parked at the station,”
Ogbonna said that it was not clear how the bandits arrived at the place in their numbers.
“We do not know yet how they all gathered to execute the attack at the station. Maybe they parked their vehicles away from their target and walked through footpaths to the place.”
He said the command had embarked on full investigations into the incident and other recent gunmen attacks in different parts of the state.