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Unknown gunmen kill three vigilantes, abduct 10 people in Imo

Unknown gunmen, on Sunday night, opened fire on a patrol vehicle, killing three vigilance operatives and a passerby at Umuaka Community in Njaba LGA of Imo.

• July 8, 2024
Uzodimma and Imo deputy governor
Uzodimma and Imo deputy governor

Unknown gunmen, on Sunday night, opened fire on a patrol vehicle, killing three vigilance operatives and a passerby at Umuaka Community in Njaba LGA of Imo.

The incident occurred near the local Afor Umuaka Market and Hilltop Primary School at about 7:20 p.m.

A community leader, who pleaded anonymity, described the attack as a “devastating ambush.”.

The source said the people of the community and neighbouring communities had been under siege by gunmen and kidnappers terrorising the area in recent times.

It further claimed that hoodlums recently set up criminal camps in the neighbouring Ezioha community in Mbaitoli LGA, from where they launched attacks on residents of the area.

“The destruction of terror camps in Orsu LGA and other parts of the state forced them to move to the Ezioha community. Their unchallenged activities led to the abduction of no fewer than 10 persons within the last six weeks.

“No ransom demanded, no dead body found, yet all of them have been missing since then. What happened yesterday night was a continuation of their onslaught,” the source said.

Confirming the tragic incident in Owerri on Monday, police spokesman ASP Henry Okoye said three vigilantes and a female passerby, hit by stray bullet, died during the attack.

Mr Okoye said the police commissioner, Aboki Danjuma, had deployed a tactical squad to hunt down the hoodlums responsible for the dastardly act.

“CP Aboki Danjuma expresses sadness over the unfortunate incident and vows to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the perpetrators are all arrested and brought to justice. He empathised with the families of the deceased victims and prayed for the repose of their souls,” the police spokesman said.

He called on the public, particularly the residents of Njaba, who may have any vital information on the hoodlums, to assist the command in its investigation.

Mr Okoye urged the residents to volunteer information at any Police Station or via the command’s emergency lines 08034773600 or 08098880197. 

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