Chaos yesterday in Owerri following a bloody clash between repented militants from the oil producing Ohaji /Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas of Imo state and operatives of Imo security watch.
According to reports, the ex militants who were on their way to the state capital to surrender their arms in obedience to the state Government amnesty programs for militants in the state, clashed with the operatives of Imo security watch, an internal security outfit in the state.
The militants and the security men reportedly engaged in a heated altercation which escalated, leading in a gun duel which claimed the life of one of the militants.
The militants later reinforced for a reprisal attack at the Hospital (Umuguma General Hospital) where the lifeless body of their member was evacuated to -unleashing mayhem in the process.
Unsatisfied with the damages they had already caused, the militants were said to had regrouped to the security operatives office located on Aba road in Owerri, where one of the security men was shot dead, another badly injured, four vehicles set on fire with another three vandalized in the process. The office which houses Imo Environmental Transformation Commission, ENTRACO, was equally attacked by the militants.