There is palpable tension in Izombe Community in Oguta Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State as some gunmen attacked and burnt many houses, vehicles, and shops.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that this attack on Saturday is happening hours after suspected separatists invaded Agwa Divisional Police headquarters in the same LGA, and killed four police officers. The deadly attack happened on Friday night.
While multiple reports say the hoodlums that stormed Izombe on Saturday are members of the government-backed Ebubeagu security outfit, this newspaper cannot authenticate this allegation. The motive of the attackers is not yet clear either.
Apart from the destruction, the gunmen also went on a looting spree, stealing items from the pulverised shops.
Daily Trust quotes an eyewitness as saying: “They burnt vehicles, set ablaze about 18 locked-up shops and stalls comprising of pharmaceutical stores, machine spare parts, wine, assorted drinks shops, decoration, boutique shop here in Izombe.”
See some photos from the attack below:
Watch the aftermath of the attack here.