Gunmen suspected to be arsonists on Saturday attacked the headquarters of Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, setting four security vehicles ablaze.

The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, made this known in a statement made available to journalists in Awka, the state capital.

Ikenga said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Nnaghe Obono Itam, condemned the attack.

“The attack, which resulted in the destruction of four patrol vehicles belonging to the vigilantes, has been described as an act of cowardice. Notably, there were no casualties,” the police spokesperson said.

He said “Preliminary information indicates that the assailants, arriving in large numbers on motorcycles and a vehicle, began shooting indiscriminately. However, they faced strong resistance from the Vigilante Operatives until the police response team arrived. 

“Due to the superior firepower of the security operatives, the gunmen fled the scene. Unfortunately, four operational vehicles of the security operatives were set ablaze and severely damaged.

“In response to this incident, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations led a joint security force comprising the Army, Navy, and other security agencies to the scene for an on-the-spot assessment. Ongoing onslaught operations are being carried out to apprehend the culprits.

“The Commissioner of Police commends the security operatives for their bravery and assures the public of continued and strengthened collaboration in the fight against criminal elements in the State.

“Further developments will be communicated as they arise.” 

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