In Imo State’s Ideato Local Government Area, a police station in Arondizuogu was set on fire.
It happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to state Police Public Relations Officer Micheal Abattam.
According to reports, the incident claimed the life of another law enforcement officer.
Angry youths had clashed with soldiers in Awomama, Imo, just a few hours earlier.
As many as a hotel, seven shops, and one vehicle were destroyed in an attack on Monday that the Nigerian Army has attributed to members of IPOB and Eastern Security Network, the militant arm of IPOB (ESN).
When the insurgents attacked Operation Golden Dawn troops, they were dispersed, according to Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations 82 Division Nigerian Army Maj. Abubakar Abdullahi.
In Awomama, troops disperse raging IPOB/ESN hoodlums who are committing arson.
in the Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, “Troops conducting Exercise GOLDEN DAWN dispersed IPOB/ESN hoodlums carrying out arson while enforcing an illegal Sit-at-Home order imposed by the proscribed group at AWO-MMAMMA Community, Oru East Local Government Area. To force people to obey an illegal order, IPOB/ESN criminals used intimidation, harassment, and physical violence against commuters who were simply doing their jobs.”
“As retaliation for the citizens’ refusal to comply with the illegal order, the criminals set fire to and destroyed businesses and homes at Ishieke junction (on the Owerri-Onitsha express way).
An oncoming commercial vehicle was set on fire by thugs who had blocked the highway earlier. Responding quickly to distress calls from passing motorists and shopkeepers, on-duty troops engaged the thugs in a gunfight. Forced to flee in different directions, the hoodlums were wiped out by the troops.
One of the thugs was shot and killed by the troops as they pursued them to their hideout in Akatta Community in Oru East LGA. While the troops were battling the thugs in their lair, other members of the group gathered at Ishieke junction and set fire to the homes and businesses of law-abiding citizens, alleging that the troops had received information from informants.
Once again, the troops returned to the junction in order to disperse the hoodlums.
But a brave soldier paid the ultimate price in defense of his country.