Outrage in Imo State As Unknown Gunmen Kill 3 Residents in Owerri

Outrage in Imo State As Unknown Gunmen Kill 3 Residents in Owerri

- The deadly activities of the unknown gunmen in Owerri, the Imo capital is still ongoing in the southeast state

- Unfortunately, three residents were caught in the crossfire recently as the gunmen moved from one area to another

- The southeast state has been under siege by the unknown gunmen for a few weeks prompting outrage from residents and stakeholders

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Owerri - ThisDay newspaper is reporting that unknown gunmen on Thursday, June 3 invaded the Orji area in Owerri, the Imo state capital and its environs, and killed three persons in different locations.

According to the report, the operation started at about 5:30 pm lasted for more than an hour, as the armed men moved around the area shooting sporadically.

The gunmen were said to have started their operation from the Orji axis, headed to the Spibat area, and visited other areas, killing three persons.

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Outrage in Imo state as unknown gunmen kill 3 residents in Owerri
The killings in the state have prompted calls for the resignation of Governor Hope Uzodimma recently. Photo credit: Hope Uzodimma
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The victims are a woman and two men among which was a truck driver.

The hoodlums, who wore black clothes, reportedly drove freely in two vehicles, a bus, and a Hilux van.

Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Imo state police command, Bala Elkana, said:

“Three persons were killed by the hoodlums who blocked Orji flyover and started shooting sporadically.
“The cause of the shooting is still not clear at the moment. The investigation has, however, commenced.”

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev Anthony J.V Obinna has charged Governor Hope Uzodimma to protect Imo people and defend their land.

The Archbishop made the call in a statement released on Thursday, June 3, and seen by Legit.ng.

The respected cleric urged the governor to convoke a ceasefire meeting of all stakeholders in the state, adding that a concerted approach to the crisis is needed urgently.

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In a related development, the Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has declared that the insecurity in the state is politically motivated.

The ruling party in the state made the declaration in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, June 3 by the chairman of the APC in Imo, Prince Marcillinus O. Nlemigbo.

Nlemigbo was reacting to a press release by the Imo state chapter of the People's Democratic Party, (PDP) earlier in the day.

The PDP had earlier called for the immediate resignation of Governor Uzodimma amid the mounting insecurity in the southeast state.

The call was made by Charles Ugwuh, the state chairman of the party at a news briefing in Owerri on Wednesday, June 2.

According to the party chairman, Uzodimma had demonstrated his inability to protect the lives and property of the people.

Source: Legit

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