Shocking! Gunmen set ablaze courts, police station in Imo community

Abuja – Gunmen have razed down a , high court and a divisional in Atta community, Njaba local government area of Imo State.

According to sources in the community who spoke to Channels Television, the attack took place in the late hours of Friday when people had gone to bed.

The attack was accompanied by long hours of sporadic gunshots in the community, generating panic among residents.

Community members said they noticed that the courts and had been on Saturday morning.

The was still under construction and no lives were reportedly lost.

Some calm have returned to the community with the presence of , residents said.

Efforts to get a reaction from the police proved abortive as calls made to the police spokesperson in the state, Bala Elkana, were unanswered as at the time of filing this report.

Sit-at-home

Late Friday’s act of is the latest in a series of attacks targeted at government facilities in Imo state and in the south-east region generally.

The region is home to a movement championed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which has been proscribed by a Nigerian court.

IPOB, which is seeking to create a Biafra nation, has ordered a sit-at-home directive on Sunday in respect of south-easterners which died in Nigeria’s deadly .

The ended in 1970.

Major streets in Owerri, the Imo State capital, recorded very low vehicular and human movement, as of Saturday morning.

Markets and businesses have also been mostly shut as Imo state residents fear an outbreak of .

The Imo state government and the police have urged residents to disregard the sit-at-home directive and go about their lawful duties, as all measures have been put in place to ensure the adequate protection of lives and property. (Channels TV)