July 23, 2024

Arsonists attack Anambra council secretariat, burn vehicles

Unidentified gunmen on Saturday morning attacked Ogbaru Local Government Secretariat in Anambra State, burning down about six vehicles.

The incident was suspected to have been carried out by the secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Videos circulating on social media showed several vehicles within the premises of the secretariat smouldering in fire.

Police authorities in Anambra State have confirmed the attack, describing it as a cowardly act.

In a press statement released by the state police command’s spokesperson, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, Anambra State Commissioner of Police Nnaghe Obono Itam said only four vehicles belonging to vigilante operatives were destroyed.

He said: “The attack, which resulted in the destruction of four patrol vehicles belonging to the vigilantes, has been described as an act of cowardice. Notably, there were no casualties.

“Preliminary information indicates that the assailants, arriving in large numbers on motorcycles and a vehicle, began shooting indiscriminately. However, they faced strong resistance from the vigilante operatives until the police response team arrived.

“Due to the superior firepower of the security operatives, the gunmen fled the scene. Unfortunately, four operational vehicles of the security operatives were engulfed in flames and severely damaged.

“In response to this incident, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations led a joint security force comprising the Army, Navy, and other security agencies to the scene for an on-the-spot assessment. Ongoing onslaught operations are being carried out to apprehend the culprits,” the statement read.

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