Gunmen suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have set ablaze the offices of the Department of State Service (DSS) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Nnewi, Anambra State, leaving many people dead in the process.
Although identities of the victims have not been known, it was gathered that the casualties might have been hit by stray bullets during firing by the gunmen.
An eyewitness said the suspected IPOB members drove from Owerri Road in the industrial town in four Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and stopped at Emecourt Road Junction where they fired gunshots, which made those in the vicinity to scamper for safety before they headed to the nearby DSS and FRSC offices and set them ablaze.
He said: “They later drove through Nkwo Nnewi Triangle roundabout and moved towards Nnobi road.
“Later a military armoured vehicle drove round the town and passed through Emecourt Road.
“There was no exchange of fire as the military and the gunmen did not meet.
“Later, heavy smoke was seen at the country home of Chief Joe Igbokwe whose house is located off the Nnewi – Oba road”.
It was also gathered that Igbokwe and members of his family were not at home at the time of the incident.
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the state, Mr. Tochukwu Ikenga has confirmed incident of fire in Nnewi.
His statement read: “At about 2pm, on 3rd Oct 2021, the command received a distress call of fire incident in Nnewi.
“The police operatives are currently on ground and the area has since been cordoned off. Further details shall be communicated”.