Just In: Gunmen Kill Popular Nollywood Actor’s Brother, Policeman in Top Southeast State

Just In: Gunmen Kill Popular Nollywood Actor’s Brother, Policeman in Top Southeast State

  • It was a black Friday in Owerri, Imo state capital, when gunmen enforcing the sit-at-home order went on rampage, reportedly killing a policeman and a brother of Nollywood star, Osita Iheme
  • The sad incident occurred at the Owerri metropolis and Mbaitoli Local Government Area along the Orlu-Owerri road
  • While Iheme died on the spot, the commissioner sustained gunshot wounds and was rushed to the hospital

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A report by Vanguard has it that gunmen on Friday, December 9, shot and killed Prince Iheme, elder brother to Nollywood star, Osita Iheme, in Imo State.

Iheme was said to be riding with the state Commissioner for Solid Minerals, Martins Eke when the gunmen ran into them and opened fire at Ubomiri, Mbaitoli council area of the state.

It was gathered that the commissioner received a deep machete cut from the gunmen.

Imo state, Owerri, gunmen, policeman
Unknown gunmen kill Nollywood actor's elder brother, prince Iheme, a policeman in Owerri, Imo State capital. Photo credit: Journalist KC
Source: Facebook

More details on how Prince Iheme was killed

At Orji, Owerri North council area, an eye witness said the gunmen ran into a police checkpoint and killed one cop, while shooting sporadically and ordering motorists and passers-by to go home and observe sit-at-home, Leadership report added.

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“They ran into police checkpoint at Orji and opened fire on them, and killed one police man.
“Some of them were shouting – ‘Go home, today is sit-at-home’; people ran helter-skelter and they drove towards Okigwe road”, the source stated.

The Simon Ekpa led IPOB had declared five days sit-at-home which was countered by Director of Media and Publicity of IPOB, Emma Powerful.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abattam was yet to respond to enquiry as at press time.

Nigerians react

Nigerians took to the Facebook page of Legit.ng and reacted to the development.

Blessing Ifyweni Chuks queried:

"Chaiiiiiii so sad my condolence, Naija which way ooooooo."

Nwanneka Promise Emeka wrote:

"Quite a big loss! My condolences to the deceased family."

Anita Chris Nne said:

"Nsogbu dikwa,
"My condolences,
"Rip to his soul."

Mummy Vivi wrote:

"Rip to his brother."

Mavis Yakwagh said:

"Condolence to their families.
"What a wicked world."

Ephraim Balarabe lamented:

"What a sad news, what do we gain in shading innocent souls blood?

5-day sit-at-home: Finally Igbo elders speak out, tell residents what to do

Elders in the southeast region have called on residents of various states to reject the five-day sit-at-home declared by a Finland-based leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Simon Ekpa.

The Punch reports that the Igbo Elders Consultative Forum led by a former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, described Ekpa's order as draconian with the tendencies of epitomising insensitivity to the plight of Ndigbo.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, December 8, the leader of the pan-Igbo socio-political organisation said the five-day sit-at-home order must never be adhered to.

Atiku criticises IPOB's sit-at-home, outlines plans to end Biafra agitation in southeast

The 2023 presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party has said that the sit-at-home order in the southeast cannot continue to be observed by the people in the region.

Atiku Abubakar promised that once elected into office as president of Nigeria, he will ensure that all contributory factors to the Biafra agitation in the region are addressed.

The former vice president also noted that the continued destruction of people's businesses for failing to observe the sit-at-home is hurting the region's economic plan.

Source: Legit.ng

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