There was pandemonium on Thursday at the Imo State Secretariat,along Owerri- Port Harcourt Road, as staccato gunshots rent the air, sending civil servants scampering for safety.
An eye witness said some officers of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, stormed the Secretariat, and whisked away some persons.
A facebook user, Mr. Don Uba, who narrated the incident as an eye witness on his facebook account, reported that the officers whisked away a Director of Accounts and a Permanent Secretary at the Block 5 of the Secretariat, which accommodates the Civil Service Commission, the Local Government Service Commission and the Bureau For Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs (BLCA)
According to him, the identity of those whisked away has not been verified.
He wrote partly “Many wondered, why the police would come to arrest alleged suspects in a commando like style, even as others thought, they may be kidnappers disguising as police officers since they were on Police Jackets. “Confusion trailed their operations as people wondered why they would be shooting unnecessarily, when they could have easily taken away the suspects without causing pandemonium.
“Fear also gripped many as it was thought, “unknown gunmen” may have attacked the secretariat.
“Recall that, gunmen attacked the Nigeria Correctional Center, Owerri and the Imo State Police Command last Easter Monday. Without proper investigation thereafter, the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, accused the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of being responsible for the attack.
“He was removed last Wednesday, even while he was still on a working visit to Owerri Imo- State” Mr. Uba wrote
Efforts to confirm the incident from the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Imo State Police Command, SP.Orlando Ikeokwu, was futile.