Amagu Ihube community in the Okigwe Local Government Area of the state, in the early hours of Tuesday, was thrown in turmoil as gunmen go on a rampage and burnt the country home of the Imo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Emeka Okoronkwo.
The incident occurred a few days before the February 25th, 2023 general elections.
Also burnt is the country home of a former Dean of the Law Faculty of the Imo State University, Owerri, Nnamdi Obiaraeri, who served as Commissioner for Information, Youth and Sports and Land and Urban Planning, respectively during the administrations of former Governors Ikedi Ohakim and Rochas Okorocha.
The country home of a retired Director of the Department of State Services, Emeka Ngwu, was also burnt., as well as houses belonging to two other prominent sons in the area were also burnt.
It was also gathered that an old woman who was in Ngwu’s house was caught up in the fire and died, The PUNCH gathered.
The state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Emeka Okoronkwo, confirmed the burning of his house to The PUNCH
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Henry Okoye, confirmed the attack saying the investigation had begun with the view to arresting the fleeing suspects.
Ihube has recently become the hotbed of criminal activities with the country homes of the Labour Party Imo State House of Assembly candidate for Okigwe LGA, Dr. Nnaemeka Obiaraeri, and the Labour Party House of Representatives candidate, Okey Unam, burnt.