Gunmen attack Anambra State Council headquarters, vehicles are set on fire

Gunmen attacked the Ogbaru local government headquarters in Anambra State, southeastern Nigeria, early on Saturday. In the incident, which took place in the Atani community, the attackers fired sporadically before setting fire to several vehicles.

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Residents reported waking up to see several vehicles in flames. A video clip circulating on social media and reviewed by PREMIUM TIMES shows at least five vehicles destroyed, including two pick-up trucks, two buses and a three-wheeler truck. One of the pickup trucks was only partially burned.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police confirmation
The Police Spokesman in Anambra State, Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident, noting that no lives were lost. He stated that four of the vehicles belonged to local vigilantes.

Mr Ikenga, Deputy Superintendent of Police, explained that the gunmen arrived on motorcycles and one vehicle and shot indiscriminately. They encountered resistance from vigilantes until the police response team arrived, causing the attackers to flee due to the security forces’ superior firepower.

In response, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations led a joint security force, including personnel from the Nigerian Army, Navy and other agencies, to the scene for an on-site assessment. Efforts are being made to arrest the perpetrators.

Police response
Commissioner of Police Nnaghe Obono condemned the attack and commended the security operatives for their bravery. He assured residents that the police would continue to work with other security agencies to combat crime in the state.

Worsening uncertainty
Anambra State, like other southeastern states in Nigeria, has seen an increase in security challenges, with frequent attacks on security agencies, government officials and facilities. The Nigerian government has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of orchestrating these attacks, but the group has repeatedly denied involvement.

IPOB is a group that advocates an independent state of Biafra, which it wants to split into the southeast and parts of the south-south regions of Nigeria.