Tragedy in Anambra as Unknown Gunmen Kill Four Persons in Ihiala

Tragedy in Anambra as Unknown Gunmen Kill Four Persons in Ihiala

  • Anambra continues to witness unprecedented security challenges in recent times as gunmen reign supreme in the state
  • In the latest attack by the terrorists, four persons were gunned down including a woman said to be pregnant
  • Security authorities in the state say the corpses of the victims have been recovered and deposited in a morgue is celebrating business personalities of 2022. See top entrepreneurs of Fintech, Startup, Transportation, Banking and other sectors!

Awka - Unknown gunmen have killed four persons on Nzomiwu street in Eziani community, Ihiala local government area of Anambra state.

Punch newspaper reports that the gunmen invaded the community on Tuesday, January 10 and started shooting into the air, thereby killing the victims - three males and a female, who was said to be pregnant.

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The reason for the attack could not be ascertained, but a source quoted in the report said the gunmen immediately fled the scene after killing the victims.

Police confirms latest attack by unknown gunmen in Anambra state

Confirming the attack in a press statement seen by, the Anambra state police command spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the bodies of the victims had been deposited at the mortuary.

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Part of the statement read:

“Police/military operations have been intensified in Ihiala and its neighbouring town as operatives responded to a distress call in the early hours of Tuesday on Nzomiwu street, Eziani, Ihiala, recovered lifeless bodies, three males and one female at the scene.
“Preliminary information revealed that the criminal elements armed with Ak47, started shooting indiscriminately and unprovoked, unfortunately, bullets hit four unarmed civilians. The bodies have been deposited in the morgue.”

Families of slain police officers in Anambra get N43 million compensation

Meanwhile, Daily Post newspaper reports that the families of 20 police officers who lost their lives in Anambra state have received compensation of N43 million.

According to the report, the money was handed over to them by the Anambra state police commissioner, Mr Echeng Echeng on Tuesday, January 10.

It was learnt that the fund for the compensation was provided by the Inspector General of Police Family Welfare Insurance Scheme.

Prominent lawyer based in Ebonyi state shot dead in Anambra

Recall that a commissioner in the Ebonyi state House of Assembly commission, Barrister Leonard Chibuzor Alegu, was recently shot dead in Anambra state by unknown gunmen.

The incident occurred in the late hours of Saturday, December 17, 2022, along the Enugu-Onitsha expressway, in Umunya community, Oyi local government area of Anambra state.

The deceased was traveling from Abakaliki to Onitsha to attend a child dedication when the incident occurred.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls for arrest, repatriation of Simon Ekpa to Nigeria

In a related development, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has asked the federal government to arrest and repatriate Simon Ekpa to Nigeria, saying he is responsible for killings and violence in the southeast.

Ohanaeze, in a statement by the Secretary General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, and seen by, noted that economic activities and other businesses were paralysed following the alleged invasion of unknown shooters in the southeast.

Ohanaeze said it had identified Ekpa as being responsible for current killings in Anambra, Imo, Enugu and disturbance of public peace, as well as sporadic shootings in Ebonyi state.


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