Gunmen on Saturday attacked Abaomege police station in Onicha LGA of Ebonyi state.


A police officer on duty during the attack was reportedly injured and has been hospitalised, another officer has been declared missing.


Residents in the area said the gunmen attacked the station around 8 pm.


A technical assistant to David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, confirmed the attack to journalists, saying the injured officer had been taken to an undisclosed hospital in Abakaliki, Ebonyi’s capital, for treatment.


 “The gunmen attacked the Abaomege Police station Saturday evening. No report of casualty for now. But one policeman is said to be missing while another officer sustained serious injury. But he has been rushed to hospital in Abakaliki for treatment,” the official said.


Since the beginning of 2021, Ebonyi like other states in the south-east, has witnessed an increase in attacks on police stations and officers.


In January, three police officers were killed when gunmen attacked the Onueke police station in Ezza South LGA; in February, a police station was burnt and the police divisional headquarters in Isu Onicha LGA was attacked by gunmen.


A month later, gunmen attacked the Iboko divisional police station in Izzi LGA; while in April, gunmen launched an attack on the Ugbodo police station.


Just a week ago, gunmen launched two separate attacks that led to the killing of two soldiers and a civilian at a military checkpoint; and the killing of a policeman at Onueke, at Amasiri in Afikpo and Onueke in Ezza south LGAs of the state, respectively.