At least 10 persons sustained gun and machete cut injuries when security operatives invaded Izombe community in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo on Saturday.
It was learnt that a combined team of Police, Army and Ebubeagu security operatives were involved in the operation.
About eight vehicles were burnt while four buildings and 18 fully stocked shops located in the commercial communities of Umuokwu and Ugbele Izombe respectively were burnt.
According to Samson Uka, a victim in Izombe, he was in the house with his children when suddenly the team stormed his compound.
“I was inside the room when I started hearing gunshots and violent noise at the shops' section of our compound.
“My wife even saw the heavily armed security operatives and they pointed guns at her and ordered her to get inside.
“When their noise became less, we came out, and noticed that the shops' section of our house was destroyed with seven vehicles burnt in Ugbele village alone,” he said.
He equally said that one Ethelbert Ozor, Simeon Onyekador, and six others sustained gun and machete cuts injuries inflicted on them by the group in Ugbele.
Also a community leader, Pauly Igbokwe decried the repeated invasion of Izombe Community by security operatives.
“It was in October last year that more than 150 buildings were completely burnt and destroyed in Umuokwu, Umuorji and Ndioko all in Aborshi Izombe by soldiers over a dispute they had with village boys.
“Nothing has been done on the colossal damage Innocent people suffered, and yet another attack is launched on the Izombe again,” he said.
Igbokwe appealed to the state government to look into repeated incidents of mass destruction of innocent people’s houses in Izombe and put a stop to it.
Others who spoke among them; Kelechi Ozor, Ifeanyi Osondu and Ndukwe Chidi expressed worries over the level of destruction being masterminded by security operatives and called on Gov. Hope Uzodinma to put a stop to the ugly development.
They advised the government to thoroughly scrutinized intelligence gathered and track people suspected to be involved in a crime and pick them up rather than destroy innocent people’s houses.