In Enugu State, unidentified gunmen made an attempt to set ablaze the Pinnacle Oil and Gas filling station, which is owned by Governor Peter Mbah. The incident took place on Tuesday evening, just days after the governor imposed a ban on the sit-at-home protest in the state.
The sit-at-home order was initiated by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to demand the release of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently detained by the State Services in Abuja.
Eyewitnesses reported that the attackers arrived at the filling station on several tricycles, posing as customers buying fuel. They then proceeded to spread flammable substances and ignited them. Subsequently, they unleashed a barrage of gunfire, causing panic among the people present, including motorists who were refueling their vehicles.
A local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed that the quick response of police officers prevented the situation from escalating further. The attackers were repelled, and with the assistance of station workers and passersby using fire extinguishers, the fire was contained before the arrival of the state fire service.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack thus far. However, Simon Ekpa, an alleged leader of a faction of IPOB, had previously challenged Governor Mbah’s ban and threatened to render the directive ineffective.
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