Gunmen, numbering 40, on Friday night invaded Ido Ekiti Divisional Police Station in Ido/Osi local Government area of Ekiti State and killed a police inspector on duty.
The armoury of the police station was emptied, while the roof top was blown off with the aid of a dynamite. The
entire police station was destroyed during the raid.
A detective attached to the station, who craved anonymity, revealed that the suspected robbers invaded the police station around 7.20pm and destroyed virtually everywhere.
The incident had rendered the police officers attached to the station devastated, as their countenances portrayed that they were in deep mourning.
The source added that the robbers drove in recklessly through the gate while some had scaled the fence and headed into the main building where the armoury was located.
He said few policemen were on guard during the raid, which he said made the attack to be more successful and fierce.
Upon entering the station, the source said the heavily armed bandits rained bullets on the police inspector and he was said to have died on the spot.
“They drove in recklessly and took over the entire police station.
Some even scaled the fence and took strategic positions. They shot into the air sporadically and destroyed virtually every room.
“Our suspicion was that they came to loot the armoury because that was where they first attacked after demobilizing our men. In fact, they emptied the entire place”.
When asked whether they came to free a high profile detainee or robbery suspected, the police officer said: “That is not true because nobody was detained in the cell as at the time the incident took place.”
Efforts made to reach out to the Police Public Relations Officer of the state Command, Mr Alberto Adeyemi were unsuccessful as all his mobile phones were switched off.
But a police officer confirmed that the PPRO had visited the station to get first hand information about the incident.