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No ‘unknown gunmen’ attack at Imo Secretariat – govt

Governor Hope Uzodimma (file photo)

‘What happened was that the police trailed a suspect in a case to the Secretariat to effect his arrest in an alleged criminal matter’

By Valentine Amanze

 The Imo State government has cleared the air on the alleged “Unknown Gunmen” invasion of the Imo State Secretariat on Port Harcourt road Wednesday morning, which allegedly resulted into shooting and causing workers to scamper for safety.

It explained that the Police only used a warning shot to stop a crime suspect they trailed to the secretariet.

The Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Oguwike Nwachuku, made the explanation in a statement on July 5, 2023.

He stated: “The attention of the government has been drawn to insinuations that unknown gunmen invaded and attacked the Imo State Secretariat on Port Harcourt road this morning, shooting sporadically and causing workers to scamper for safety.

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“There was no such incident involving unknown gunmen.

“What happened was that the police trailed a suspect in a case to the Secretariat to effect his arrest in an alleged criminal matter.

“It was in an attempt to effect the person’s arrest that the police fired warning shots.”

 He therefore advised the public to ignore any information linking the incident to unknown gunmen as there was nothing like that, while assuring them of their safety in the state.

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