Unknown gunmen in the early hours of Monday attacked the Isiowulu Police station, Awada, in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, killing the Divisional Police Officer and two others.
It was learnt that the hoodlums in large numbers stormed the police station at about 2:18am and engaged the police officers in a shootout.
But the police, with the assistance of the Army, reportedly repelled and killed three of the hoodlums during the attack.
The DPO, a newly recruited constable and one inspector were however killed during the attack.
The attack comes less than 24 hours after gunmen attacked the 3-3 police divisional office in Oyi Local Government Council, where about six of the hoodlums were killed.
It was learnt that the hoodlums started shooting sporadically as they approached the police station and the gunshots lasted for several hours.
A security source said, “In the early hours of today, these hoodlums made another deadly attempt to burn down Isiowulu Police station, Awada , near Obosi, Anambra State.
“The hoodlums were repelled by gallant security personnel with three members of the gang taken down after a hot gunfire.”
Two AK-47 rifles were recovered from them alongside the vehicles used for the operation.
Another source said, “It was terrible last night for people living close to the station, it was as if war had come close to us. Gunshots from different directions.
“This morning, I inquired and learnt that the gunmen had invaded the station, set some part of the station on fire, killed three policemen.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, could not be reached for comment as of the time of filing this report.