Armed men suspected to be law enforcement agents, have set ablaze some houses belonging to suspected members of Eastern Security Network (ESN) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The incident took place in Umuonyeoka Ihitteafoukwu and Okponkume communities in Ahiazu Mbaise council of Imo State over the weekend .
A community leader, Emeka Obasi said, “In the early hours of Saturday, Umuonyeoka a quiet and peaceful community in Ihitteafoukwu town was ruffled with a seemingly Gestapo-style invasion by armed men suspected to be law enforcement agents, who came in seven cars shooting intermittently and headed to a compound of one Uche Madu who is suspected to be a member of the ESN group.
“They could not get him, and they descended on his siblings Sonyval and Chinonso Madu and set ablaze the house without allowing even a single pin to be evacuated from the building.
“The the invasion and arson perpetrated in our land today is highly condemnable and ill-advised,” he stated.
Obasi called on the state government to find the arsonists and bring them to book.
Police spokesman Michael Abattam denied that his men carried out the operation.
The Army said they were unaware of the attack.