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Suspected IPOB militants raze police station, courts in Imo

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Suspected IPOB militants on Saturday razed the Atta Divisional Police Headquarters in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State.

The News Agency of Nigeria learnt that the attackers shot sporadically for more than one hour before setting the station ablaze.

They also razed a magistrate’s and high courts in the area and later vandalised the community health center.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident in a statement issued in Owerri.

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According to the statement, some hoodlums in their numbers stormed the court premises in Attah and set the court buildings on fire.

Mr Elkana further stated that they damaged a building, which was constructed by the community for the police division.

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He added that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Abutu Yaro, had ordered full investigation into the incident.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that a police station was also attacked on Tuesday in Orji, Owerri North Local Government area by gunmen.

Meanwhile, the attacks of police formations in different parts of the state have caused tension and fear among the residents.

Businesses and major markets could not open on Saturday in Owerri and its environs, ahead of Monday’s sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

NAN also reports that human and vehicular movement in the state capital was also limited, in spite of the police assurances of safety of lives and property in the state.

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However, some small businesses and petrol stations in the outskirts of Owerri were open for business during the day.


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