Gunmen in the early hours of Saturday attacked the country home of the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.
The gunmen, who invaded the governor’s house in Omuma in the Oru East Local Government Area of the state, also killed two security men on duty before torching the house.
It was gathered that one of the security men killed was an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
According to a source, who pleaded anonymity, cars parked inside the compound and part of the building were torched.
The source said security men on duty repelled the gunmen, leading to the death of the two cops.
A government house source, who also pleaded anonymity, said firefighters were battling the fire from spreading to other parts of the building.
Another source told newsmen that soldiers had taken over the community.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, confirmed the incident when our correspondent contacted him.
He also confirmed that two security men at the governor’s house lost their lives during the attack.
The commissioner said, “It is true, but the information is not still clear. It is not true that several security men lost their lives. About two security men on duty at the governor’s house were killed. One NSCDC personnel was among the security men who lost their lives during the attack.”
Attack on Uzodinma’s country home politically sponsored- Imo State Govt
The Imo State government has insinuated that the attack on the country home of the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, In the early hours of Saturday may have been politically sponsored.
The state Commissioner for information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, in a statement on Saturday, hours after the unknown gunmen caused the carnage, disclosed that investigation had been launched into the attack on the governor’s house in Omuma in the Oru East Local Government Area of the state.
Emelumba disclosed that security men attached to the governor’s house repelled the attackers which he stated wrecked havoc on the building and cars parked in the compound.
The Commissioner who confirmed in the statement that some security men died during the attack, did not disclose the number of casualties.
He, however, stated that the state government had charged the security agencies to swiftly arrest the suspected sponsors of the attack and the fleeing gunmen who carried out the attack.