- Imo state has been getting an unprecedented share of violence in recent weeks
- This time, some gunmen attempted to take over a settlement populated by the Hausa people
- Meanwhile, Nigeria's security operatives repelled the attackers
The security situation in Imo state is fast becoming worrisome to Nigerians. This follows the rising spate of violence in the state.
The recent cause for worry manifested when some unknown gunmen attempted to overrun a Hausa settlement at the Douglas road area of the state capital, Owerri.
Daily Trust reports that the incident caused sporadic shooting. It added that only the superior firepower of the police and military in the area saved the day.
Speaking on the development, senior special assistant to Governor Hope Uzodinma on Northern Affairs and Vulnerable Persons, Hon. Sulaiman Ibrahim Sulaiman, confirmed the incident to Premium Times correspondent.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Imo commissioner for entrepreneurship and skill acquisition, Iyke Ume had been shot by unknown gunmen in the state capital, Owerri.
According to the report, there was panic in Owerri, as the armed men also shot four other motorists during the attack on Sunday night, April 25.
One of the motorists was said to have been shot while driving an unmarked security vehicle at Orji, on Owerri-Okigwe road very close to the Orji Divisional Police Headquarters.
In another report, the residence of Governor Hope Uzodinma in Omuma, Oru East local government area, was on Saturday, April 24, attacked by unknown gunmen who also succeeded in killing some security operatives attached to the governor's mansion.
The invaders had a gun battle with the operatives, set fire on the edifice, and destroyed vehicles parked inside the compound.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) on Sunday, April 25, reacted to the attack on Governor Uzodinma's country home.
The NGF said the assailants constitute a small league of persons trying to harm the corporate existence of Nigeria, adding that the perpetrators took criminality too far.