Gunmen on Friday attacked Agwa Divisional Police headquarters in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo state, killing four policemen.
Punch reports that part of the division and vehicles, including the one belonging to the Divisional Police Officer were burnt by the attackers.
It was gathered that the gunmen invaded the house of a resident identified only as Ejike, shot him dead and shot his wife before fleeing.
The development has caused panic in the area as natives and residents expressed shock.
Sources in the community who do not want to mentioned disclosed that they struck around 10- 11pm in three vehicles.
According to the sources, the gunmen came in a tipper vehicle and two sienna cars and invaded the police division.
One of the sources said,” They came in a tipper and two sienna vehicles shooting indiscriminately and we all ran into our houses. It was around 10 and 11pm.
“It was this morning that we heard that they were criminals and they attacked the police division, killed four policemen and burnt vehicles there.”
Another source said he was in his house when he started hearing sounds of gunshots and he didn’t bother coming outside.
He said, “I was already inside when I started hearings sounds of gunshots. I didn’t bother coming outside because it was safer to stay indoors than to come outside.
“This is unbelievable. God should please come to our rescue. The government should please rise up to the occasion. Things are getting out of hand. I don’t know if they want us to run away from our homes. It is now like a way situation. God p,lease help us.
Another source told Punch that one of the slain officers was only two weeks old in the force.
He said, “One of the officers killed is a recruit. He is not more than o weeks after becoming a police officer after the passing out parade.
Punch correspondent saw gory pictures of the attacked division and some officers lying dead in the poll of their blood.
Another source told our correspondent that policemen drafted from outside the division had taken over the area and the state commissioner of police, Muhammed Berde, was being expected.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Micheal Abattam, did take his calls when contacted. He had yet to respond to messages sent to his mobile lines as of the time of filing this report.