The reported incident of violence that occurred early Tuesday morning in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State has sparked considerable concern and tension among the local population and neighbouring areas.
During this unfortunate event, a joint taskforce security team, consisting of personnel from the Nigerian Army, the police force, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), were ambushed while travelling in two security trucks near Umualumaku, encompassing Orieagu and Aba branch communities.
The attackers, who remain unidentified, proceeded to set the security vehicles ablaze. It is worth noting that these unknown gunmen were insistent on enforcing a sit-at-home order within the Local Government Area.
Regrettably, some security team members have been hospitalized in a nearby Local Government Area due to the attack.
In response to this alarming situation, Legal Attorney Blog has observed a significant mobilization effort by the Nigerian Army and the police force, deploying armoured vehicles and patrol vans to the affected area.
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Furthermore, the Divisional Police Command in Obowo has proactively established a stop-and-search checkpoint in front of its office along the Umuahia-Owerri road to enhance security.
It is important to note that a video clip depicting the ambush and the subsequent burning of the security team’s vehicles is currently circulating on social media platforms.
When approached for comment, Mr Henry Okoye, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Imo State, acknowledged the incident but requested additional time to gather comprehensive details.
We will provide more comprehensive information as it becomes available.
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