Gunmen suspected to be joint security operatives allegedly invaded Umuonyeoka Ihitteafoukwu and Okponkume communities in the Ahiazu Mbaise local government area of Imo State on Saturday.
The gunmen were said to have razed houses belonging to suspected members of Eastern Security Network.
On arrival in the communities, the security operatives who allegedly came in seven vehicles headed to the homes of their targets, and on meeting their absence, burnt their houses.
An indigene of the community simply identified as Emmanuella said that her grandma was injured during the raid and had gone into a coma.
In a statement, Emeka Obasi, who is an indigene of the area condemned the manner the operation was carried out.
His statement read:
“In the early hours of Saturday 12th February 2022, Umuonyeoka, a quiet and Peaceful Community in Ihitteafoukwu town, was ruffled with a seemingly gestapo style of invasion by armed men suspected to be law enforcement agents, who came in seven cars shooting sporadically and headed to the compound of the Madus.
“It was alleged that they came to apprehend one Mr Uche Madu who is alleged to be a member of the ESN group but when they couldn’t get him, all hell was let loose and they descended on the country home of his siblings, Sonyval and Chinonso Madu which they set ablaze without allowing even a single pin to be evacuated from the building.”