Ekiti State police command, Ido Division came under attack by yet to be identified gunmen at night on Friday and killed a police Inspector on duty while looting the armory of the police station.
A police inspector on duty was reportedly killed on Friday as suspected gunmen numbering about 40 raided Ido-Ekiti Divisional Police Station in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti state.
According to Nigerian Tribune, the armory of the police station was also reportedly emptied by the attackers who blew off the roof top of the station allegedly with dynamite. The entire police station, including ceilings were destroyed during the raid.
One of the detectives attached to the station, who ask to be anonymous said the suspected gunmen invaded the police station around 7.20pm yesterday and ransacked all rooms in the station.
The source added that some of the gunmen drove into the station while others scaled the fence and headed for the station’s armory, as few policemen were on duty at the time of the raid.
The source said the heavily armed gunmen rained bullets on the police inspector who died on the spot.
The police source said: “They drove in recklessly through the gate. Some of them had scaled the fence and took over the entire police station. Some of them even scaled the fence and took strategic positions around the station, shot into the air sporadically and destroyed virtually every room and office. They had gone straight to the police station and the armory.
“They looted the armory, took everything there and left it empty. Our suspicion was that they came only to loot the armory because that was why they first attacked and demobilised our men. In fact, they emptied the entire place.”
Asked if some suspects of dangerous crime were being detained at the station, which could be the reason for the attack, the source said“if that was the motive, then they should have attacked the cells; they didn’t attack the cells.”
The source said the policemen on guard during the raid were overpowered because the attackers were fierce, according to him, “they rained bullets on the police inspector and he was said to have died on the spot.”