Gunmen stormed the boundary between Oko community in Orumba North Local Government Area and Ekwulobia community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State on Monday, shooting sporadically before setting a Sienna vehicle on fire.
Daily Trust gathered that the gunmen are members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who got to the boundary and started shooting sporadically, causing panic in the area.
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A source in the area said the shooting caused residents of the area to run into hiding, just as a Toyota Sienna vehicle belonging to an unidentified indigene of Isuofia, a neighbouring community to Ekwulobia, was burnt down.
“The man was driving past at the area when the men started shooting.
“He left his car in the middle of the road and ran for dear life, but before he could return, the gunmen had set it ablaze.”
The Anambra State Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the incident, said the state commissioner of police, CP Echeng Eworo, has deployed men to the area.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, has since ordered reinforcement teams from the command headquarters to intensify patrols around major areas like Onitsha, Nnewi, Ihiala, Aguata, Awka and other environs in the State.
“The reinforcement teams comprise Police Mobile Operatives, Counter-Terrorist Units, Special Forces and other tactical teams.
“They are to address any security concern that may arise and to forestall any breakdown of law and order in the state,” he said.