Anambra Broadcasting Service, a state-owned media organisation, was attacked by gunmen on Monday, according to police.
In a statement issued in Awka, the state capital, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the early-morning attack.
He said the incident happened around 4:30 a.m. at Awada in the state’s Idemili North Local Government Area.
Tochukwu said the command was notified of the attack at the facility and a team of operatives was quickly dispatched to engage the attackers.
“Following a distress call about 4:30 a.m. today 30/5/2022 of a case of arson in Anambra Broadcasting Service, Awada Station, in Idemili North Local Government Area, police operatives responded quickly and prevented the hoodlums from causing damage to the structure,” he said.
“Unfortunately, two of the station’s operational vehicles were affected.” There were no casualties. Meanwhile, the station has been cordoned off, and the operation in the area is still ongoing.”
Despite the government’s offer of amnesty to criminals terrorising the state, Monday’s incident is the latest in a series of attacks carried out recently by armed men.
While the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been blamed for the majority of the attacks in the state, the secessionist group has repeatedly denied any involvement.
Professor Charles Soludo recently paid a visit to IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja, as part of efforts to find a long-term solution to the state’s security challenges.
Governor Solodu, who later shared photos of himself and Kanu on social media, said Kanu was opposed to gunmen’s attacks and killings in the South East.