Five soldiers feared killed as gunmen attack Anambra

Former Anambra state Governor Wilie Obiano

About five soldiers reportedly died at Ihiala, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra state, on Friday night, as unknown gunmen attacked military checkpoint. 

Blueprint learnt that the attack which occurred around 8.30pm along Owerri-Onitsha road (which is also a boundary between Anambra and Imo State), equally destroyed some properties belonging to the soldiers.

However, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Toçhukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the attack, said investigation were on to ascertain the level of casualty recorded and those behind the attacks.

Meanwhile, commuters coming or going out from Anambra state through Onitsha bridge head, a border with Asaba (Delta State), and another between Amansea (Anambra) and Ugwuoba (Enugu state) were having hectic time as armed military men mount road blocks at both sides (old and expressway).

It was learnt that the soldiers usually command travellers to stop, onboard the vehicles and walk with their hands raised above heads as their drivers were being searched before been allowed to move out.  Although it was not clear if the attacks had anything to do with the road blocks being mounted by the soldiers or the sit-at-home order which a pro-Biafran group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) slated to hold between May 30 and 31 respectively in honour of departed Biafra heroes.

Already, Anambra state government has placed a ban on driving shuttle buses, keke (tricycles) and motorcycles (okada) in any part of the state between 7pm to 6am daily due to security challenges in the state. 

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