A military checkpoint on the Ubomiri/Nwaorieubi Road in Imo State’s Mbaitoli Local Government Area has been stormed by gunmen.
PostNGR gathered that yesterday morning, according to an eyewitness, there was intense gunfire that lasted for more than 45 minutes and resulted in two deaths.
He claimed that the criminals, who allegedly started shooting at the security personnel, arrived in a Toyota Sienna at about 7:30 p.m. and parked far away because of heavy traffic before attacking the checkpoint.
In recent months, he claimed, gunmen had targeted security personnel as well as the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Another witness, Emma, claimed that while the gunfire was happening, his older brother, who lives in Ubomiri, called him to tell him to leave the area.
“My brother told me not to pass the road because of the attack. I also informed my children who had gone to see him to take another route to avoid the danger.”
It was learned that local residents had already left their homes out of fear of another attack.
A senior police official claimed that because the Army was involved in the incident, they were qualified to speak on the matter.
Capt. Joseph Akubo, the Army spokesperson, did not return calls; therefore, attempts to elicit a response from the Army were unsuccessful.