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Armed Group Attacks Southeast Gov’s House, Kills Three Security Operatives

Three Security Operatives have been killed following an attack by an armed group at the Imo State Governor's residence.

The residence of Hope Uzodimma,  Imo State Governor, at Onuma, Oru East Local Government Area was Saturday morning attacked by an unknown armed group in what seems to be a coordinated attack.

The attack left an unarmed officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) dead.

A Police Sergeant and another NSCDC were killed by the attackers while escaping at Mgbidi junction.

Confirming the development, Ikeokwu Godson Orlando, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer told HumAngle that the armed shooters attacked the Governor’s house by throwing in a petrol bomb as a result of which¬† two cars were burnt, but they were successfully repelled.

However, none of the buildings were affected.

An official of the state government confirmed the incident and blamed the attack on political opponents in the state as sponsors of the attack.

Following growing insecurity challenges in the Southeast region, governors of the five states recently named a joint security vigilante for the Southeast: EbubeAgu, with its headquarters in Enugu State to coordinate security operations in the region.

In recent times, there have been a series of attacks on security formations and operatives across the Southeast.

On Monday April 5, 2021, there was a coordinated attack at a correctional facility and the Police Command in Imo State.

The attack led to the escape of over 1800 inmates of which some have returned.

Also last week, three police stations [Anambra, Abia and Enugu] across the region were attacked and destroyed by unknown shooters killing some police officers.

Uzodimma has insisted that the attacks in the state was a direct attack on his government, noting that security agencies had gathered intelligence on the sponsors of the thugs and their plans that led to the attack on government establishments in the state.

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