Gunmen Shoot Dead Two, Throw One in a Well in Anambra Village

Gunmen operating on motor cycle shot dead two persons in Okpuno, Abor Akauzor, Umusioma village in Nkpor Idemili North local government area of Anambra State, threw one inside a well and left another with gunshot wounds.

The dead victims, identified as Uzochukwu Ezeme, a vigilante operative; Chibuzor Ajaetu, a beer parlour operator, and a 34-year-old trader, were said to have met their death when the gun men opened fire on them killing two instantly and throwing the third inside a well where he died.

Tears flowed freely in the village, yesterday, when the decomposing body of the victim thrown into the well when the incident happened last Wednesday was recovered.

Ibegbulam, another victim of the attack, receiving treatment in a hospital at Nkpor, said he was attacked together with Ezeme in the village where they were doing vigilante work by the gunmen who opened fire on them. Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Nkiru Nwode, confirmed the incident, saying it happened on Wednesday at about 10 pm, adding that it is a murder case and had been transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department.

Meanwhile, a 52-year-old widow, Mrs Cecilia Nneamaka Otakpo, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police to investigate the murder of her son, Otakpo Franklin Chinedu, 19. Chinedu was said to have been strangled and thrown into the River Niger, Onitsha on March 22, 2016 by suspected thugs.

The widow, through a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Amaenyi village, Awka, Mr. Nweke Jonas, also petitioned Anambra State governor, Dr. Willie Obiano, on the matter. In the petition to the governor, Jonas decried the activities of a group engaged to collect internally generated revenue (IGR) of tricycles (keke) by the state government which he linked to the killing and urged Obiano to intervene.

In another petition to the state Police Commissioner, dated October 28, 2016, the lawyer of the Grand Patron of the Association of Tricycle Operators, Owners and Dealers, Anambra State, Wilfred Ezike, threatened to go to court to pray the court for an order of mandamus to compel the police to do their work on the alleged murder.

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