Gunmen Raze Police Station, Courts in Imo


Gunmen on Saturday night razed the Atta Divisional Police Headquarters in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria’s South-east.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the attackers shot sporadically for more than one hour before setting the station ablaze.

They also razed the Magistrate’s and High Courts in the area and later vandalised the community health centre.

The police spokesperson in Imo State, Bala Elkana, a superintendent of police, confirmed the incident in a statement issued in Owerri.

According to the statement, the gunmen in their numbers stormed the court premises in Atta and set the court buildings on fire.

Mr Elkana further stated that gunmen damaged a building which was constructed by the community for the police division.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, has ordered a full investigation into the incident.

A police station was similarly attacked on Tuesday in Orji, Owerri North Local Government Area by gunmen.

Meanwhile, the attacks of police formations in different parts of the state have caused tension and fear among the residents.

Businesses and major markets could not open on Saturday in Owerri and its environs, ahead of Monday’s sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

NAN also reported that human and vehicular movement in the state capital was also limited, in spite of the police assurances of safety of lives and property in the state.

However, some small businesses and petrol stations in the outskirts of Owerri were open for business during the day.


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