TEN people have lost their lives following an overnight attack on the Gombe Divisional Police station by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Orubebe Ebikeme, who confirmed this in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Gombe, said the situation is under control although no arrests have been made.
Ebikeme also said that two policemen, two civilians and a soldier sustained injuries in the attack and are now receiving treatment.
Our correspondent, who visited the scene of the incident, said that the station was badly damaged with its roof completely blown off while 10 vehicles parked at the premises were razed.
Meanwhile, a 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Gombe metropolis, while soldiers and policemen have mounted roadblocks to ensure strict compliance with the directive.
The Permanent Secretary to the Governor on Media Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Musa Kumo, who confirmed this, said the measure is aimed at preventing further loss of life and property.
Tragedy also struck yesterday, in Kaduna, as suspected members of the sect killed one policeman and injured one other person.
According to one Sunday Abutu, who witnessed the scene, the policeman had gone to repair his motorcycle at a workshop along Samaru Road when the gunmen arrived.
He said the men, numbering about five, engaged the policeman in a mock conversation, pushed him down and collected his gun.
âHe was trying to get to his feet when the one with the gun shot him and killed him instantly.â he said.
The Kaduna State Police PRO, Aminu Lawan, confirmed the incident saying,
âYes. He was a police man attached to our mobile unit along Sabo road.â He however refused to disclose the name of the deceased.The Guardian