Gunmen Kill 2 NAF Personnel in Imo, 5 Soldiers in Anambra
- Nigerian security operatives continue to suffer surprise attacks from unknown gunmen in the southeast region of the country
- In Imo state, two Nigerian Air Force personnel were killed by gunmen at a market in the state capital, Owerri
- In neighbouring Anambra, five soldiers were gunned down by gunmen in an SUV who launched an attack on their checkpoint
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Two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel attached to Air Force Regiment, Owerri, Imo state, have been shot dead.
The Imo state commissioner of police, Abutu Yaro, confirmed the incident to the Nigerian Tribune newspaper on Saturday, May 29 during a telephone conversation.
He said that the deceased officers had gone to a selling point around the area to buy food to eat when they were shot dead.
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“Two Nigeria Air Force personnel were yesterday killed at Naze Timber market by hoodlums and that was why police personnel are there to mop up arrest.”
CP Yaro said that the incident occurred around the park where the hoodlums stay to smoke Indian helm and from there they move to terrorise the people.
Meanwhile, five soldiers were killed Ihiala local government area of Anambra state, by some unknown gunmen.
According to Daily Trust, they were killed in the early hours of Saturday, May 29 forcing some military personnel to block the River Niger Bridgehead, Onitsha, obstructing traffic flow in and out of the state.
An eyewitness told Vanguard newspaper that the gunmen, came in an SUV, fired at the soldiers and destroyed their operational Hilux vehicle parked at a checkpoint.
The Anambra state police command spokesman, Ikenga Tochukwu confirmed the incident, adding that it happened at about 8.40 pm on Friday, May 28.
Ikenga could, however, not confirm the number of casualties, saying he had not received a detailed report on the incident.
The Nation reports that due to the security situation in the state, the Anambra government has banned the use of tricycles and shuttle buses from operating between 7 pm-6 am
According to the report, Governor Willie Obiano said the move was in view of the need to improve security in the state and address observed incidents of crimes using tricycles, motorcycles, and shuttle buses.
The government also announced that shuttle buses were also banned from using tinted glasses.
In a related development, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has ordered the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies in the southeast to shoot anyone or group of persons that try to attack them or destroy their facilities in the region.
The governor gave the charge in Abakaliki while receiving the visiting Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of the southeast zone, DIG Joseph Egbunike.
Governor Umahi who doubles as the chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum stated that the move is important so security operatives can protect themselves and their facilities in the region.
On his part, Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has appealed to Igbo youths to give peace a chance in Nigeria.
The governor made the comment during his address at the National Assembly Constitutional Review Committee public hearing for Imo and Abia states, held in Owerri on Wednesday, May 26.
He urged the Igbo youths to see the ongoing public hearing for the 1999 constitutional review as a key opportunity to be duly represented and take the rightful place Igbos deserve.