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Anambra: Many feared killed, injured as gunmen attack Nnewi, Nnobi communities

Monday Jun 17, 2024 20:36 pm

By Ikenna Obianeri
Anambra,   News

There was palpable tension in the Nnewi community in Nnewi North Local Government Area as well as the Nnobi community in Idemili South LGA of Anambra State when yet-to-be-identified gunmen invaded both communities on Monday.

A yet-to-be-confirmed number of persons were feared killed, while several others sustained varying degrees of injuries during both attacks.

Sources in the areas said several persons sustained varying degrees of injuries as the assailants suspected to be enforcing the Monday sit-at-home exercise, shot indiscriminately into the air when they arrived.

Gov. Charles Soludo

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It was gathered that tragedy first struck in the industrial town of Nnewi when the unknown gunmen arrived in the community at about 11 am, killing a vigilante commander (name withhel). 

The sources said, “The gunmen arrived in three vehicles and went straight to a popular hotel at Nnewichi(name withheld). One of the persons in the hotel at the time they attacked was abducted by the gunmen. The gunmen shot sporadically into the ground while the bullets were flying all around the hotel’s premises. Mobile phones and other valuables were collected from the victims the gunmen met in the hotel.

“The vigilante commander who is popularly known as “Tallest” after hearing about the incident, gave the hoodlums a hot chase. But when the gunmen noticed that the vigilante commander was pursuing them, they shot at him at a point at Nnobi in Idemili South LGA of the state.

The development forced many people who tried to brave the sit-at-home directive to quickly close their shops and run home. 

CP Obono Nnaghe Itam, CP Anambra State

Similarly, the hoodlums, who were said to also invaded the Nnobi community in a black Landcruiser SUV, opened fire on the vigilante operatives, leaving two of the security operatives, seriously injured.

Eyewitnesses in the area narrated that the gunmen proceeded to a burial ceremony and also shot dead two other persons.

The sources said, “They later drove to Afor Nnobi and shot dead three security personnel before getting to Ahuda where one other person was killed. The injured persons were rushed to a hospital in Nnewi(name withheld), where they are receiving medical attention.

When our correspondent contacted the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, he confirmed that there was an attack, but said he was yet to get the full details of what happened as of the time of filling this report.

Ikenga, however, promised to update members of the public with the relevant information in due time.

Source: Punch

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