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Sit-at-home: Gunmen attack traders, raze vehicles in Imo

“They went on to raze part of the market and burnt vehicles.” the source said.

• July 8, 2023
Silhouette of Gunmen used to illustrate the story
Silhouette of Gunmen used to illustrate the story

Gunmen enforcing the sit-at-home order on Friday night attacked Amaraku market located at Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo state.

Although no life was lost in the attack, it was gathered that the gunmen, suspected to be members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), set a tricycle and vehicles ablaze.

Also, the attackers destroyed some goods and properties of petty traders, who are mostly women.

A witness told journalist that the gunmen also attacked Obolo community in the same local government area.

“The gunmen were angry with the traders and transporters for flouting the order.

“The attackers warned traders to close shop and never to flout the order, warning them not come out on Saturday.

“They went on to raze part of the market and burnt vehicles.” the source said.

The source said the gunmen shot indiscriminately into the air which made the traders scamper for safety.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Imo police command proved abortive as the police spokesman, ASP Henry Okoye, neither picked his calls nor replied to text messages sent to him.


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