Hoodlums besiege communities in Abia, vandalise house



Okoko and Amaokwe villages of Item community in the Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, were invaded by hoodlums on Monday. The gunmen shot indiscriminately in the air, disturbing and instilling fear in the residents.

Although nobody was killed, cars, houses, and other valuables were destroyed.

A local told The Punch that the hoodlums, pretending to enforce the Monday stay-at-home on behalf of the Indigenous People of Biafra, went to the community market square, Eke-Nta, in Okoko Item, where they shot without purpose, a situation that caused tension among residents who fled for their lives.

It was, however, not clear if the invasion had to do with the enforcement of sit-at-home order, which had since been suspended by the proscribed IPOB.

Our correspondent gathered that residents who had gathered for their normal businesses were forced to close shops.

The hoodlums later headed to Amaokwe Item and left through Item-Igbere exit route.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna, could not be reached as calls to his mobile phone indicated he was not reachable.

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