Hoodlums in the wee hours of Saturday attacked the Government House, Enugu.
Vigilant security personnel at the popular Lion Building however repelled the attackers. One was shot dead while three were arrested.
Eye witnesses said it would have been a bloody scene had the hoodlums come with guns.
The motive behind the attack was not known at press time but there were speculations that they were thugs loyal to a top politician in the state.
“The invasion is not unconnected with the refusal of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state to allow the readmission of some discredited politicians into the party,” said a government house source.
Confirming the incident Chukwudi Achife, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sullivan Chime said the attack occurred at about 4.30 am “when a group of young men numbering about 50 and carrying machetes and cutlasses invaded the Government House and tried to force their way in.”
“The attackers were immediately engaged by the security personnel who shot dead one person and arrested three,” Achife stated.
He disclosed that one security personnel was injured in the attack.
Achife added that the arrested persons along with some of the weapons recovered (machetes) have since been handed over to the Enugu Police Command for further investigations.
Police spokesman in Enugu, Ebere Amaraizu said the matter was being investigated.