A sit-at-home order issued to residents of the South-East turned bloody on Monday, as hoodlums caused havoc in Anambra and Imo states, killing four policemen and four others.
Gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Anambra attacked a police station in Nnewi axis of the state.
According to reports, the incident took place shortly after a joint security patrol killed two persons believed to be members of the Eastern Security Network/IPOB who were enforcing sit-at-home directives in the area.
Gunmen attack Anambra Area Command, kill cops, cart away arms
As a result of the attack, many police officers have been wounded and rushed to the hospital, said an anonymous police officer. Four of our men were killed in the attack.
It’s an unofficial report that I’m giving you. The PPRO will brief as soon as possible. The hoodlums (who came in seven vehicles) were horrible.
“There are speculations that the hoodlums came for revenge after unidentified soldiers (joint patrol team) killed two persons early in the morning in Nnewi. Until we were attacked at the Area Command this afternoon (Monday), I didn’t know about that incident.”
According to a source, the gunmen arrived in seven vehicles, overpowered the police, and carted away weapons and ammunition.
The gunmen overpowered the police and took away their weapons, he said. The attackers had left by the time the Navy reinforcements arrived, though they were pursued in vain.”
In a text message to our correspondent, the police spokeswoman, Ikenga Tochukwu, acknowledged the incident.
Besides the four officers who were said to have been murdered by hoodlums, three buses were set on fire in Nnewi and two persons were shot dead.
Near the crime scene, a Toyota Camry was seen abandoned.
A source said the car was abandoned when the occupant saw the hoodlums approaching.
‘Today is sit-at-home day,’ they sang and shouted. ‘Whatever is sighted must be destroyed, even if it’s a fly.’ Around 6am, there were gunshots around the Izuchukwu Park junction.”
According to Ikenga Tochukwu, the state Police Public Relations Officer, the incident has been confirmed and operatives have been deployed to the scene.
Travellers burnt as hoodlums raze five vehicles in Imo attack
Additionally, five vehicles, including three Hummers belonging to Libra and Okey Transport, a Sienna, and a Highlander SUV were set ablaze on the Owerri-Umuahia Road, which was deserted later by motorists.
Several of the occupants had been travelling to Lagos and others were returning to Imo State from Lagos when the crash occurred, some carrying bullet wounds.
The attackers seriously injured the drivers of commercial vehicles.
The incident occurred along the Owerri-Umuahia Road, which was later abandoned by motorists.
Two people are believed to have died inside buses where they were found charred.
Pa Johnson, whose house is next to the scene, told The PUNCH that the incident occurred around 4:30 am.
The octogenarian described hearing intermittent gunshots that were deafening.
“It happened around 4:30 in the morning,” he said. Around 11am, the military arrived. The people were travellers. This is disturbing.”
According to Mike Abattam, the state’s police spokesperson, the assault happened.
Total compliance of sit-at-home order
At the same time, banks, shops, and markets in Nnewi and Onitsha areas of the state completely complied with the sit-at-home order.
In Awka, the state capital, the major Eke Awka market and banks were closed, though some street shops were open.
In Imo State, two travellers were burned to ashes at Nkwo-Ogwu in the Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area.
While human and vehicle movements were scanty in Umuahia, there was total blockade of movement in Aba for both commuters and motorists.
As businessman and politician Obinna Degree noted in Aba, “We are inside.”. On Faulks Road, there is no movement, no keke, and no motor.
In Owerri, the capital of Imo State, commercial activities ceased on Monday as residents complied with IPOB’s sit-at-home order.
Banks and other corporate offices did not open, while only employees of state and federal governments reported to work.
Asaba’s Okwe and Akwebulu Oko areas also witnessed a total shutdown of social and commercial activities.
Shops, schools, and banks were closed Monday in Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi State, as residents obeyed the sit-at-home order.