Gunmen attack Imo lawmaker’s home, behead security guard – Police


By Victor Nwachukwu
The Police in Imo have confirmed an attack on the country home of Mr Ekene Nnodimele, lawmaker representing Orsu constituency in the Imo House of Assembly.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Abutu Yaro, confirmed this to newsmen in Owerri on Wednesday.
Yaro said the attack which took place at about 1.00am on Wednesday also had a security guard on duty in the compound beheaded.
He also said investigation was ongoing to unravel the cause and perpetrators of the attack and bring them to book.
“We can confirm that there was an attack on the country home of  Nnodimele,  resulting in the death of a security guard on duty who appeared to have been beheaded.
“Also, the country home of the immediate past Attorney General of the state, Cyprian Akaolisa, was also attacked and investigation is also ongoing,” he said.
Speaking to newsmen in his hometown, Obibi, Awo – Idemili community, Orsu Local Government Area of Imo,  Nnodimele also confirmed  that a security guard on duty in his compound was beheaded.
Nnodimele said the guard, attached to a private security firm met his death when he tried to resist the armed hoodlums.
He expressed shock at receiving news of the attack as according to him, his constituents were neither violent nor rancorous.
He urged security operatives to beef up security of lives and property in the LGA and unravel circumstances surrounding the attack.
“It was a very shocking news to me because  my aged parents were there. It is not in our culture to take or end life arbitrarily so I believe it is the handiwork of foreign mercenaries and I leave everything to Almighty God.
“My security man was not just killed but was beheaded. I call on security operatives to strengthen  security in Orsu LGA and ensure that lives and property are protected,” he said.
He further pledged continued support for the state government while urging his constituents to remain law abiding and cooperate with law enforcement agencies so as to return peace to the area.
The lawmaker also confirmed an attack on Akaolisa’s country home in the same council.
He said that gunshots were heard at the home of the erstwhile commissioner for Justice before the hoodlums moved to his own home.
He, however, added that although parts of the former commissioner’s  house were burnt, no lives were lost in the attack on his home.