Gunmen set council secretariat ablaze, kill one in Anambra
Soludo laments insecurity, mourn Megafu, others
Gunmen reportedly attacked the Nnewi South Council Secretariat in Ukpor, Anambra State, yesterday, setting some buildings in the premises ablaze and killing a night guard on duty.
There are different views on what might have led to the attack on the council secretariat by hoodlums.
A source told The Guardian that some residents was initially thought that it just accidental fire incident, had mobilised to put out the fire, but were prevented by the gunmen who shot sporadically into the air, as people ran for safety.
A resident of the area, who gave her name as Chigozie Nwajiaku, linked the attack to activities of unknown gunmen troubling communities in the South East region.
Another resident, who pleaded anonymity, said some employees of the council might have perpetrated the arson to cover up some alleged misappropriation of funds.
The Anambra State Command’s Public Police Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident, saying the attack was a suspected case of arson and that information remained sketchy as of press time.
“The command has since deployed operatives to the area and contacted the fire service. The area has been cordoned off and further details will be communicated in due caurse,” he said.
He urged people to go about their normal businesses without fear of intimidation and harassment, as the police have restored normalcy to the area.
MEANWHILE, Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo has lamented rising insecurity in the country and commiserated with the family of Dr. Chinelo Megafu Nwando and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) over the death of Chinelo, who was killed by terrorists in the Kaduna train attack.
A statement issued by Head, Media Office, Joe Anatune, quoted the governor, as saying that the deceased was a promising young doctor, whose life was cut short in her prime.
While lamenting the unfortunate circumstances leading to her death as painful but avoidable, he said there was the need for security agencies to rejig the nation’s security architecture so as to become more proactive tackle incessant attacks on innocent citizens
Also, Soludo, who extended his condolences to families of other Nigerians, who died in the attack, appealed to the Federal Government to urgently arrest the worsening insecurity in the country.
Soludo also visited the scene of arson attack in Nnewi South Council, where a security man was killed and in which the education office, works department and a traditional ruler’s building in the premises were touched.