6:00 AM May 22, 2022

Gunmen kill one, kidnap two others in Anambra

Gunmen suspected to be operatives of the Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network, on Thursday night, shot and killed one person while operating at Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The gunmen who were said to have operated around 9pm had a field day as they operated for about 30 minutes before leaving the area.

It was gathered that the gunmen left with two persons who were said to have been taken hostage after they failed to answer questions relating to the struggle for independence by members of the group.

An eyewitness, Mr Iyke Orji, who narrated the story in a Facebook post, said the men shot randomly while causing huge vehicular traffic in the area as they operated.

Orji said, “Unknown (gunmen) didn’t forgive us. About 30 minutes ago, they came to Oko/Amaokpala, stopping vehicular movement coming from Ufuma and Umunze to Oko. They shot sporadically.

“They gunned down an old man who they interrogated first and asked him questions relating to the IPOB struggle.

“They stopped a Lexus 330 jeep and kidnapped the driver. A Toyota Camry (spider) was bashed. These young boys successfully carried out their operation for about 26 minutes without been repelled by security agencies.

“They drove away with two persons, leaving one dead at the scene. I lost my screen device,” Orji said.

As of the time of filling this report, the state police command’s spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, could not be reached for confirmation as calls to his phone line were not picked and messages were not responded to.

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