By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI – Two Police Inspectors and some others on duty sustained serious injuries when armed hoodlums stormed the Nkwerre Divisional Police Headquarters and literally emptied the armoury.
Vanguard investigations revealed that the rampaging hoodlums, numbering over 10, came into the charge room and identified themselves as officers from Force Headquarters, Abuja, on normal routine checks.
One of the policemen in the division told Vanguard on grounds of anonymity, that the hoodlums talked the policemen on duty into calling the armourer to bring the keys to the armoury.
He said: “As soon as the armourer arrived the scene, the hoodlums forced him at gunpoint to quietly go and open the armoury.
“All the policemen on duty were taken by surprise, especially as other members of the gang had carefully taken over the premises.”
He said all the new AK 47 rifles, bullet proof vests and ammunition were removed by the armed gangsters.
According to him, “the gangsters removed all the new AK 47 rifles, bullet proof vests and the available ammunition. They virtually emptied the divisional armoury before escaping into the dark night with their loot.”
When contacted on his mobile line, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Linus Nwaiwu, a deputy superintendent of police, DSP, confirmed the incident.
He said: “I do not have details of the incident but our police station was attacked by hoodlums.”