JUST IN: Tension as Gunmen Kill 3 in Ebonyi, Abduct Travellers in Ondo, Details Emerge

JUST IN: Tension as Gunmen Kill 3 in Ebonyi, Abduct Travellers in Ondo, Details Emerge

  • Three people have been killed attack by gunmen in Afikpo local government area of Ebonyi state
  • Gunmen also reportedly attacked an 18-seater commuter bus in Ondo state, abducting an unspecified number of passengers
  • The Nigerian state is grappling with ceaseless incidences of insecurity, repeated patterns of attacks on individuals and agitations from ethnic cleavages

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Afikpo, Ebonyi state - Three people were killed by gunmen in Akpoha community, Afikpo local government area (LGA) of Ebonyi state.

As reported by The Nation on Sunday, May 26, some residents sustained varying degrees of injuries during the assault, which occurred on Saturday night, May 25.

Insecurity: Gunmen attacked an Ebonyi community and killed three people
Insecurity in Nigeria is having a serious negative impact on the people. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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The victims included a member of the defunct Ebubeagu Security Network, a female trader, and a man. Their names are Emmanuel Nwacha Egwu, Nicholas Nwacha, and Blessing Orieona.

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A resident, Uche Donatus, reported that one of the slain persons had about 10 bullets in his body.

He said:

“One of the three persons killed is a member of Ebubeagu Security Network. He has up to 10 bullets in his body.
“The gunmen came with two motorcycles. When they were leaving, one of the motorcycles refused to on and they continued shooting heavily until it started and they left.
"Killings in Akpoha have become a regular occurrence and nothing has been done to stop it. We are in trouble."

In the same vein, Kenneth Orji Obasi, an Afikpo and aide to Governor Francis Nwifuru, confirmed the incident.

Joshua Ukandu, police spokesperson, said he was yet to receive any report on the incident.

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Gunmen kidnap travellers in Ondo

Meanwhile, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Saturday, May 25, abducted passengers of an 18-seater bus going to Ikare Akoko from Ekiti state, southwest Nigeria.

The abduction took place between Irun Akoko and Imesi Ekiti along the Ado-Ikare highway.

Adetunji Adeleye, the Ondo state Amotekun commander, said his colleagues and soldiers were currently combing the forest.

His words:

“We've recovered some of the victims in the night. Our men are combing the forest as we speak.”

On her part, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, the Ondo state police spokesman, said security agents have been deployed to the area.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government vowed to end insecurity by 2024.

The government noted that it recognised the security challenges confronting the nation.

Bello Matawalle, the minister of state for defence, expressed optimism that actions taken by the Bola Tinubu-led administration to prevent insecurity would aid in solving the attacks by gunmen.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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