The police in Imo State, Nigeria’s South-east, said they have repelled another attempt by hoodlums to attack the command’s headquarters in Owerri on Sunday.
Five of the gunmen, the police said, were killed during the attack.
The police also announced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Uguchi Unachukwu who returned home from Germany and was allegedly murdered on May 31 in Imo State.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Abutu Yaro, confirmed the failed attack in a statement from the police spokesperson, Bala Alkana.
Mr Yaro said gallant officers killed five of the hoodlums during crossfire, while others fled with gunshot injuries.
“Hoodlums masquerading as unknown gunmen attempted an attack on the police headquarters this morning but suffered a huge defeat.
“They made efforts to access the police headquarters through the Works Layout around Avan Nursery and Primary School but were vehemently repelled.
“They came in a white Hummer Bus, five of the hoodlums were killed during an exchange of fire and others were injured.
“The Hummer bus was recovered with four AK47 rifles previously stolen from the police during a recent attack on its station, while officers have been deployed to apprehend the fleeing hoodlums.