Imo: Hoodlums Harass Obowo Community, Raze Army General’s House

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Umuosinta Village in Amuzi community of Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State appears to be in an on-going papapable discomfort following overrunning of the sleepy community and razing of a building belonging to General Chima Okafor of the Nigerian Army by unknown hoodlums.

The gallant effort of the men and officers of the Nigeria Police in Obowo Local Government Area prevented the arsonists from penetrating further to other areas while there was no loss of lives in the particular incident.

The arsonists, it was gathered, have built camps in different locations in the surrounding forests, from where they launch regular attacks on the community. This dastardly act reportedly led to killings of innocent people.

Some indigenes who pleaded anonymity said perpetrators of these acts had been categorised and believed to be unknown gunmen who ravaged the state in the past few months.

Checks revealed that it has been a gory story of murder, rape, arson and mayhem in the once peaceful village with a population of about 3,000 people made up of many prominent indigenes, university professors, Catholic Reverend Fathers and Sisters, industrialists, military generals, top politicians and community leaders of note.

Umuosinta Village parades an array of such cottage industries as water and mineral water (Rokana Uzzi water, Nwaeme waters), modern bakery located at 34 Raymond Anyanwu Street built by General Okafor and another bakery built by another industrialist, Chief Avaagha, agro cottage industries established by one time Imo State Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Longers Anyanwu, schools-nursery, primary and secondary owned by its indigenes.

The activities of these unknown gunmen have reduced the patronage, visitation to the area, and business transactions with the indigenes of the community.

Confirming the activities of this group, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Obowo Police Area Command, Edwin Ngoche, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) said that the incident took place in the night and he mobilised his men to the area which made the hoodlums take to their heels. He said on phone that General Okafor’s house was not far from the hideout of the gunmen.

Ngoche said that when his men stormed the hide-out of the gunmen they recovered such items as locally-made guns (pistol), axe used in breaking the main gate, jerry can, they used to store petrol and some wasted ammunition.

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