Cyprian Akaolisa, Imo’s commissioner for justice and attorney general had his home attacked and wrecked by unknown gunmen on Sunday.
Also razed was his father’s house in Obibi, Awo-Idemili, Orsu local government area.
Confirming the attack in a statement issued in Owerri on Sunday, Cyprian Akaolisa said:
“Igbo are hardworking people who, through their years of toil, put up structures and leave developmental strides in their communities of origin,” said Mr Akaolisa. “Through my many years of struggle, I have managed to put a block on another to build a befitting house for my family; my aged father also has a house he built through his sweat.”
He added, “Today, both buildings are in rubbles and ashes – our fellow Igbos burnt them. Firstly, last year, these arsonists burnt my country home in Obibi, Awo-Idemili, Orsu local government area of Imo for no just cause. This year again, they returned, and this time, they perfected the complete burning of even the blocks/bricks.”
He lamented that “my family house is completely destroyed,” disclosing that the attackers used a truck to “cart all the properties, fridges, television sets, beds and mattresses, generator sets and other household materials.”
“What are my crimes? Who did I offend? And what were my father’s offences? I dare ask: where is the Igbo spirit? Who will invest in Igbo or Orsu local government area today under this type of atmosphere?” the commissioner said.
The police spokesman in Imo, CSP Micheal Abattam, had yet to respond to an inquiry concerning the arson.