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Gunmen attack, set Imo rep’s residence ablaze

BY Idris Shehu

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Suspected gunmen have burnt down the residence of Canice-Moore Nwachukwu, the lawmaker representing the Orlu/Orsu/Oru east federal constituency of Imo, at the house of representatives.

A community source told TheCable that the incident happened on Thursday morning.

According to the source, the attackers stormed the residence at Isioma in Abara village of Amanator Okporo community in Orlu LGA “with guns, explosives, and other dangerous weapons”.

He added that the assailants held the domestic staff hostage, and “made videos of the staff” before looting valuables and setting the house ablaze.

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“They looted properties and valuables, made videos of the staff, and threatened more severe attacks,” the source told TheCable.

“They then poured petrol, which they brought in with two 20-litre kegs, on the buildings and set the houses ablaze.

“Everyone, including the domestic staff, had to escape from the compound before the hoodlums left with their loot through the front gate, allowing buildings to burn down completely in the compound after setting it on fire.”

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Henry Okoye, spokesperson of the Imo police command, confirmed the incident to TheCable.

Okoye said the state’s commissioner of police has ordered an investigation into the incident and immediate arrest of the perpetrators.

On August 8, arsonists attacked and razed the residence of Jerry Alagbaoso, a former member of house of representative, representing Orlu/Orsu/Oru east.

 

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