Recently, the Owerri Correctional center and Imo police headquarters were burnt by hoodlums.
On Saturday, the Imo state governor’s house at his hometown, Omuma in Oru East local government area of Imo, was attacked with a petrol bomb, by hoodlums, destroyed vehicles, killed not less than three security operatives as well as an officer of the Imo state fire service, Atenesuis Iheakor, a level eight officer.
According to the Imo state Police command through the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Orlando Ikeokwo, said: “Yes I can confirm the story, the hoodlums attacked the Governor’s house by throwing in Petrol bomb as a result of which two cars were burnt, but they were successfully repelled.
“And none of the building was set ablaze, however, one unarmed personnel of the NSCDC was killed in the process, the hoodlums while escaping also killed a Police Sergeant and another NSCDC personnel both in their private vehicles at Mgbidi junction.”
Investigation was carried out on how an officer of the Imo state fire service was killed, named Atenesuis Iheakor, a level eight officer, which was confirmed by the Director of Imo state Fire Service, Japhate Okereafor.
However, a source from the Omuma community told Vanguard that, “The man was killed as they were driving to Governor Hope Uzodinma ‘s house to help quench the fire. Just not more than two poles from Uzodinma’s house.”
Also, further investigation revealed that not only that Iheakor, is a level eight officer that is married with about five children.
The attacks were said to have spread to other local government areas, Vanguard gathered that hours after Imo state governor’s house was attacked at his hometown in Omuma, Oru East local government area of Imo state, by hoodlums in black and black attire, Vanguard was told that the hoodlums also carried out pockets of attacks in some parts of other local government areas in the state.
As of the time of filing this report, a source who spoke to Newsmen said that it was the same armed group who attacked the governor’s home town were responsible for the other attacks.
He noted: “The attacks in other areas is not something serious. They were shooting in other to clear the way for themselves but as a result of the shooting some people running got injured. I was told that stray bullets got some people who may not survive the bullet wound. The areas these hoodlums were shooting sporadically as they were going home, were in Orlu, parts of Oru East and Oguta local government areas.”
“Before the end of today, there may be more attacks, especially on the police stations as their usual way of ending their operation when this kind of thing starts,” The source said.
Reacting, the Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, through his State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said: “Gallant security operatives this morning repelled an attack on the Omuma country home of the governor of Imo State, Sen Hope Uzodimma.
“At about 9am today, Saturday, April 24th, a group of hoodlums numbering about 15 driving in a motorcade of three vehicles accompanied by a tipper loaded with used tyres, stormed the country home of the governor in Omuma, Oru East LGA and attempted to burn down the house.”
“However, vigilant security operatives attached to the Governor’s house successfully repelled the attack and consequently minimized the damage they had planned to unleash. In the crossfire that ensued a few casualties were recorded. Preliminary investigation suggests that the foiled attack may have been politically sponsored.
“The government has directed the relevant security agencies to expedite investigation on the incident and promptly apprehend the sponsors and their agents and bring them to justice,” Emelumba said.