Gunmen set ablaze courts, police station in Imo community

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

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

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

Community members said they noticed that the courts and police station had been set ablaze on morning.

The police station still under construction and no lives were reportedly lost.

Some calm have returned to the community with the presence of security operatives, 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 .


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

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

, 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’ deadly civil war.

The civil war ended in 1970.

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

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

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