Gunmen on Thursday, invaded the premises of the Aguata Local Government Area secretariat in Ekwulobia, Anambra State, setting ablaze the shops, vehicles and other structures on the premises.
The incident was confirmed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga.
According to sources, the gunmen who stormed the place in motorbikes used a truck to block the road during the operation.
A source in the area said most shops on the premises of the secretariat building were burnt, adding that the main secretariat building, which houses several departments, was also affected.
The source said the gunmen fled the premises after operating for several minutes, adding the soldiers, who responded to the crime, arrested some of the residents in the area.
“My house is just opposite the secretariat, we witnessed everything that happened. Right now, my children and I are afraid. We are not sure yet if there were casualties, but soldiers arrested youths in the community,” the source said.
This attack is coming barely a week after a similar incident was carried out at the Nnewi Secretariat, Nkpor.
Aguata is the local government of the governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, who visited the area to observe the prayer session declared by the state government on Monday.