June 19, 2024

June 19, 2024

Gunmen Storm Ebonyi, Set Vehicle, Motorcycle Ablaze

Gunmen on Friday attacked Ebebe junction located with­in the heart of Abakaliki capital city, set a vehicle and a motorcycle ablaze.


The incident occurred at about 6:20a.m on Friday.


It was gathered that the gunmen were said to be en­forcing a 2-day sit-at-home purportedly declared by the yet-to-be-identified separat­ist group in the South-East geopolitical zone.


But the Indigenous Peo­ples of Biafra (IPOB), had in a statement signed by Emma Powerful, it’s media and pub­licity coordinator, said that the group had not declared any sit-at-home in the South- East and urged the people to ignore the purported order


The sit-at-home, accord­ing to the group, was meant to protest the two-day work­ing visit by President Mu­hammadu Buhari to Ebonyi State.


Buhari was in Ebonyi on Thursday and Friday, this week where he commis­sioned some projects exe­cuted by Governor David Umahi’s administration.


The President also met with Southeast leaders.


No casualty was recorded, according to eyewitnesses.


An eyewitness, Mr. An­ayo Chukwuemeka, said the attackers fired several gunshots that got residents panicking and scampering for safety.


“It happened in a flash. But, when normalcy re­turned, we came out, we saw that a vehicle has been burnt beyond recognition.


“The driver of the vehi­cle who managed to escape told us that the gunmen said they were enforcing the sit-at-home declared in protest of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Ebonyi.


“A motorcycle operator who also escaped the at­tackers’ gunshots told us that they fired at him but he miraculously dodged the bullets,” he said.


Mr Simon Onwe, a shop owner in the area, told our Correspondent that the at­tackers came in a vehicle without a number plate and shot sporadically in the air and fled immediately.


“I was still inside my shop because I slept there; I heard the gunshots but I discovered later that they left a vehicle burnt beyond recognition while a motorcycle operator told us that he narrowly es­caped their bullets,” Simon added.


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