Hoodlums reportedly destroyed cars, houses, and other valuables after invading Okoko and Amaokwe villages of Item community in the Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.
It was gathered that the incident occurred on Monday when the hoodlums stormed the comunity and started shooting indiscriminately in the air.
According to PUNCH, a local said the hoodlums, pretending to enforce the Monday sit-at-home on behalf of the Indigenous People of Biafra, went to the community market square, Eke-Nta, in Okoko Item, where they shot without purpose, a situation that caused tension among residents who fled for their lives.
It was, however, not clear if the invasion had to do with the enforcement of sit-at-home order, which had since been suspended by the proscribed IPOB.
Residents who had gathered for their normal businesses were said to have been forced to close shops.
The hoodlums later headed to Amaokwe Item and left through Item-Igbere exit route.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna, could not be reached as calls to his mobile phone indicated he was not reachable.