By Douglas Okoro

Abakaliki – Unidentified gun males suspected to be implementing a two-day ‘phantom’ sit-at-home allegedly declared by but to be recognized dissident group in South-East attacked Ebebe Junction in Abakaliki metropolis, Ebonyi.

The attackers who struck the realm at about 6:20 a.m on Friday set a car ablaze whereas a motorbike operator escaped demise by whiskers.

Mr Anayo Chukwuemeka, a resident of the realm who spoke to the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) mentioned that the attackers fired a number of gunshots that acquired residents panicking and scampering for security.

“It occurred in a flash. However, when the gunshots died down and we got here out, we noticed {that a} car has been burnt past recognition.

“The motive force of the car who managed to flee advised us that the gunmen mentioned they’re implementing the sit-at-home declared in protest of President Muhammadu Buhari’s go to to Ebonyi.

“A motorbike operator who additionally escaped the attackers gunshots advised us that they fired at him however he miraculously dodged the bullets,” Chukwuemeka mentioned.

Additionally, Mr Simon Onwe, a store proprietor within the space advised NAN that the attackers got here in a car and not using a quantity plate shot sporadically within the air and instantly fled.

“I used to be nonetheless inside my store as a result of I slept there; I heard the gunshots however I found later that they left a car burnt past recognition whereas a motorbike operator advised us that he narrowly escaped their bullets.

“It’s so unlucky that we witnessed such an unpleasant incident on this space that’s often very peaceable and spralling with enterprise actions particularly at night durations,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, a mixed crew of males of the Nigeria Police and the Ebubeagu Japanese Safety Outfit, Ebonyi Command have condoned off the realm.

Mrs Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebonyi command when contacted for response mentioned that the she was but to get a report of the incident.

“I’m simply getting the data from you; I’m not conscious of the assault,” Odah mentioned.

In the meantime, an officer of the command on the scene of the incident advised NAN on situation of anonymity that the police have organised a manhunt to apprehend the armed criminals.

Nonetheless, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group agitating for the impartial state of Biafra had in a press release signed by Emma Highly effective, its media and publicity coordinator mentioned that the group has not declared any sit-at-home in South-East.

Buhari arrived Ebonyi on Thursday on a two-day state go to.

The President is anticipated to interface with leaders and stakeholders of the zone. (NAN)