Unity Bank in Afuze, headquarters of Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State has shutdown its operation indefinitely. The action of the Bank, followed the killing of five Policemen attached to the divisional police headquarters Afuze by unknown gunmen on Tuesday night. The gunmen wielded assorted firearms and improvised Improviser Explosives Device (EID) which
Unity Bank in Afuze, headquarters of Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State has shutdown its operation indefinitely.
The action of the Bank, followed the killing of five Policemen attached to the divisional police headquarters Afuze by unknown gunmen on Tuesday night.
The gunmen wielded assorted firearms and improvised Improviser Explosives Device (EID) which was allegedly denoted at the DPO office before raiding the police armoury.
The yet-to-be identified bandits, also attacked the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in the Local Government, destroyed electoral materials and set police van at the compound ablaze.
The Police Corps who were killed while on duty in the attack are Inspector Tosimani Ojo, the DPO of the station, Sergeant Justina Aghomon a pregnant woman, Inspector Sado Isaac and Corporal Glory David.
Already, three detainees who reportedly escaped from Police custody during attack which left sorrows and blood, have been arrested by security operatives.
An Eye witness, Mr Godwin Ikpekhia, said the incident occurred at about 8:30pm on Tuesday Night when many of the officers of the division had gone outside duty when the armed men attacked the station.
“We only had gun shoot and nobody know what happen until this morning.
“The divisional police officer with three other officers who were on duty were killed on the spot inside the building.
“The hoodlums didn’t stop at that they went to the INEC office and were shooting sporadically in other to attack men who were on duty.
“”Election materials and police van in INEC office were burnt down by the hoodlums”, he said.
The Edo Commissioner of Police, Mr. Muhammed Danmallam who visited the scene of the incident said that investigation would commence immediately.
Danmallam, vowed that those responsible for the attack will be brought to book.
“Urgent steps had been taken to curb the increasing cases of criminality in Owan axis of the State”, he said.
Recall that the attack of officers and men of the Nigeria police have become quite unusual in Owan, on the 14th of July last year four police officers were attacked at a check point in the area, killed and burnt inside their patrol Hilux van.
Also on the 23rd of January this year, the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Assembly candidate for Owan West, Mr Ohio Ezomo was kidnapped while his orderly was killed immediately.
A combined team of police and the military have been deployed to the area.
Meanwhile, Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki has condemned the attack on Afuze police station and killing of security operatoves.
He made the pledge when he paid a visit to the scene of crime in Afuze where he assured that no resources will be spared in apprehending culprits.
The governor, said charged security agencies on immediate arrest, prosecution of killers.
Obaseki, called for calm, but, condemned the attack.
“We have not gotten this lawless in Edo State, that people can go to the extent of attacking police officers at their station.
‘I have ordered the release of all the resources required to apprehend and bring the culprits face-to-face with justice.
“Our hearts are with the families of the deceased and we will stand by them in these difficult moments.
‘I have ordered the immediate refurbishment of the police facility for policing to continue in Afuze and environs,” the governor said.