Sit-at-home: Gunmen invade Imo communities, burn vehicles, motorcycles,

Gunmen, Friday evening, stormed Amaraku, Ugiri and Obolo communities in Isiala Mbano local government area of Imo state and pounced on those who they felt disobeyed their one week sit-at-home order imposed by the acclaimed leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Simon Ikpa.

Blueprint correspondent gathered from an eyewitness that people of those communities ran helter skelter and quickly locked up their houses and shops as they sighted the gunmen.

“But some people were not lucky as they destroyed properties. Occupants of commercial buses were asked to disembark from their buses before the buses were burnt, while motorcycles were seized and burnt. Shops which were open at the time were also burnt.”

It was also gathered that as they were burning the properties, they were shouting repeatedly that “people of those communities don’t obey the group’s orders.”

Soldiers at the nearby military check point were nowhere to be found at the time, thus giving the hoodlums enough freedom to operate.

Meanwhile, the Imo Police Command’s spokesman, ASP Henry Okoye, is yet to comment on the incident.