Tragedy struck early Tuesday in Umualumaku community, Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State as some yet-to-be-identified gunmen killed at least eight security personnel.
The assailants were said to have killed soldiers, police officers, and members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps during the attack.
NIGERIACRIME gathered that there was tension in the area as residents scamper for safety.
Two security trucks carrying the joint security task force team were reportedly attacked and set on fire by their assailants.
A security guard, who anonymously, stated that additional teams had been dispatched to the crime scene in an effort to apprehend the perpetrators and recover the bodies of the deceased security officials.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the police in the state, Henry Okoye, confirmed the development but asked for time to get the full details of the horrible incident.
Meanwhile, some gunmen have reportedly abducted one man identified as Kayode Ajayi and his daughter along Afon Road, in Asa Local Government of Kwara State.
The victims were reportedly kidnapped while returning from the farm along Afon road.
In a reaction, the spokesman of the State police command, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, confirmed the incident on Monday night.
He disclosed that the daughter of the man has been rescued.
According to the spokesman, “efforts are rigorously in progress to get Mr Kayode Ajayi rescued, please.”
Recall that two persons who were kidnapped in Ago-Oja community of the local government some months ago were killed.
They included a nursing mother, Kehinde Ikeanabi Jibril and a student of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Babatunde Oriyomi, who lost their lives after ransoms were paid.
The four-month-old baby of the nursing mother was dropped and the woman ferried away to an unknown destination only for the kidnappers to reach the family demanding ransom for her release.
While the nursing mother was killed and her body later found in the bush within the community, the student died in the hospital as a result of the injuries sustained in a bloody encounter with the armed kidnappers, even after N400,000 ransom was paid for his release.
In an earlier incident, the Magaji Erubu, Dr Erubu, a former physician to former Governor Bukola Saraki, was also kidnapped in the area while returning from a trip to Ilorin, but was later set free after days in captivity.