Gunmen set ablaze courts, police station in Imo community

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

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

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

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

The police station was 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 of filing this report.

Sit-at-home

Late Friday’s act of violence is the latest in a series of attacks targeted at government in 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 ’s deadly civil .

The civil ended in 1970.

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

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

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

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