News Update

Gunmen Attack DSS, FRSC Offices in Nnewi

By Ikeugonna Eleke

Unknown Gunmen have attacked the offices of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Nnewi.

As at the time of filing this report,

it was unclear if there were casualties in any of the two offices attacked, but Fides gathered that a passerby was hit by a stray bullet.

The gunmen, according to eyewitnesses, drove from Owerri Road in four Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), stopped at Emecourt Road Junction where they released some gunshots which made passersby to scamper for safety, before they headed to the offices of the DSS and FRSC, which they also set ablaze.

‘They later drove through Nkwo Triangle Roundabout and moved towards Nnobi Road.

‘A military armoured vehicle later

surfaced and drove round town passing through Emecourt Road. But there was no exchange of fire as the military and the gunmen did not meet,’ the source said.

The State Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, confirmed an incident of fire in Nnewi, but refused to state categorically the offices involved as at the time of this report.

He said, ‘At about 2pm of 3rd Oct 2021, the Command received a distress call of a fire incident in Nnewi. The Police operatives are currently on ground and the area has since been cordoned off. Further details shall be communicated.’