Unknown Gunmen suspected to be members of the Biafra secessionist armed group have set ablaze Nnewi South Local Government Secretariat soon after men of the Nigerian Army numbering more than hundred with over 30 war barrier breaker vehicles including armoured tanks displayed show of force in the area.
It was gathered that the men of the Nigerian Army gathered at the military checkpoint at Ihiala-Uli border and moved in droves on Wednesday through several hotbeds of unknown gunmen from the Ihiala area to Ukpor, the Headquarters of the Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The heavy presence of military men and high precision mass destructive war vehicles and weapons forced some businesses in the Ihiala main town close shops in hurry.
Customers were seen stranded and finding it difficult to gain entrance into First Bank branch along the Onitsha-Owerri road in Ihiala by 10a.m as the bank gate was seen closed.
Soon after the show of force, it was gathered that the unknown gunmen attacked the Nnewi South Local Government Secretariat at Ukpor and set it ablaze.
Anambra State Governor, Charles Chukwuma Soludo while reacting to the attack on the Ukpor Local Government Secretariat said Anambra State is under siege.
He called on the politicians trying to take advantage of the insecurity to have a change of mind while specifically demanding from all Biafra secessionist groups, IPOB, ESN, MASSOB and other affiliated armed groups to interrogate the purpose and means of their campaign.
Soludo words read thus:
To IPOB/ESN, the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), as well as the disparate armed groups in the forests, it is time to interrogate both the purpose and means of your campaign.
To the politicians playing politics with the insecurity, you are riding a tiger. The current trajectory is a desolation road. Let us get around the table and talk.
Let the elite in the closet come out, and let’s debate our future and forge a consensus.
The conspiracy of silence by the elite and some community leaders must end.
If you see something, say or do something! Securing Igboland and Nigeria must be our collective responsibility.
Let those in the forests come out, surrender their guns and let’s work together to rehabilitate and empower you to contribute positively to the peace and prosperity of our homeland…