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Gunmen attack NTA Onitsha office

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Suspected gunmen on Wednesday attacked the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) office in Onitsha, Anambra and set ablaze some equipment and Star Times building within the premises.
The Acting Manager of the station, Mr Chris Nwigwe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone that the incident occurred at about 1:40am.
“Some armed men tried to attack the staff on duty but only succeeded in burning down the Star Times building,” he said.
Nwigwe however noted that no life was lost in the attack.
An eyewitness however said an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted on the security gate while tyres were set around the premises to set the station ablaze.
“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 off with the help of people around," the source said.
NAN reports that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Sam Okaula later visited the scene with bomb squad to evacuate the improvised explosive device.
While confirming the incident, Okaula said three suspects had been arrested in connection with the case.
According to him, investigation has begun to unravel the reason for the attack.
He lauded his men manning the office for their bravery, saying that their quick intervention prevented the loss of lives and destruction of more property.
“Those who take laws into their hands should be ready to face the repercussion,” Okaula stressed, adding that the suspects would be prosecuted in court after investigation was concluded.
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