One person was killed while three others were injured as about 50 armed men attacked the Enugu State Government House in the early hours of Saturday, Fidelis Ogarabe, the chief security officer to governor Sullivan Chime has said.
Ogarabe told newsmen in Enugu that the armed men struck at the Government House around 4:30 a.m. and attempted to force their way into the premises.
“I left the Government House at about 2:00am in the morning and was in my house when I received a call from my men around 4:00am alerting me of the presence of some armed invaders at the Government House,” he said.
The chief security officer said when he drove to the place, he saw some armed persons numbering about 50 with machetes at the gate, trying to force their way into the premises.
“I ordered my men to move into action immediately and one of them was gunned down while three others were arrested. The others threw away their machetes and escaped,” he said.
According to him, his men recovered machetes, flags and insignia linked to a cult group.
Ogarabe said a member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, suffered machete cuts while a military patrol vehicle was also attacked in the bid by the assailants to force their way into the Government House.
He said that those arrested were handed over to the nearby New Haven police station.
It was gathered that Governor Sullivan Chime was in his country home at Udi when the armed men struck.
The chief press secretary to the governor, Chukwudi Achife, confirmed the report and the commissioner of police in the state, Adamu Abubakar, has already visited the Government House.