An irate mob set three police stations ablaze at Igboukwu, Ekwulobia, and Oko in the Aguata and Orumba North local government areas of Anambra State on Wednesday.
An eyewitness, who simply gave his name as Goddy, said the Igboukwu Police Station was set ablaze around 8 am.
Goddy said trouble started when some policemen on duty in the area killed a commercial motorcyclist on Tuesday while trying to extort money from him.
The eyewitness stated, “As I’m talking to you, the place is up in flame. The mob, made up of commercial motorcycle operators, is moving to the Ekwulobia Police Station to also set it ablaze.
“Avoid Ekwulobia park side because a serious fracas is going on between policemen and civilians.
“A policeman was gunned down in Ekwulobia, while one civilian was killed in the Oko area; there are three deaths in the fracas. Three police stations in Ekwulobia, Oko Igboukwu have been burnt.”
Haruna Mohammed, The state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the Ugboukwu incident.
Mohammed, John Abang, said the Commissioner of Police in the state, had ordered the arrest of the cops involved in the incident and appealed for calm.
The PPRO stated, “On Tuesday around 10.30 pm, there was an altercation between police operatives and motorcycle riders over some impounded motorcycles as a result of the recent restriction on the movement of motorcycles beyond 9 pm in the state.
“The situation degenerated into chaos, which led to an accidental discharge that hit one motorcycle rider and the burning of the Igboukwu Police Station by irate youths.
John Abang, the Commissioner of Police, is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident and has ordered the detention of the policemen involved and a full-scale investigation into the matter.