Unknown Gunmen Attacks NTA Office in Onitsha With Explosives, Burn Down Building


ntaUnknown gunmen attacked NTA office in Onitsha on Wednesday at about 1:40am with explosives. The Police in Anambra state on Wednesday confirmed an attack on the Nigerian Television Authority office by unknown gunmen.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday, Chris Nwigwe, the acting manager of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), revealed that some suspected gunmen yesterday, attacked the NTA office in Onitsha, Anambra State, burning some equipment and the Star Times section of the premises.

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“Some armed men tried to attack the staff on duty but only succeeded in burning down the Star Times building,” he said, adding that no life was lost in the attack.

A witness said an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted at the security post of the station, while tyres were set around the premises to start up the fires.

“There was a gun duel between the armed men and policemen who are manning the office. They managed to burn down the Star Times office while the fire was later put out with the help of people around. This type of incident has never happened,” the source said.

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Sam Okaula, the state’s commissioner of police who visited the scene with the anti-bomb squad to evacuate the explosive device confirmed the incident. He said that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident, adding that investigation had begun to unknot the reason for the callous attack.

“Those who take laws into their hands should be ready to face the repercussion,” he said, adding that their quick intervention prevented loss of lives and destruction of more property in the attack.


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