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Fear As Gunmen Attack Imo Market And Murders Motorcyclist

by Echezona obinna

Gunmen broke into Ogbaku Market on the Owerri-Onitsha Road in Owerri, Imo State, on Tuesday and shot a motorcyclist dead, causing panic.

Usman Alkali, the inspector general of police, was at Government House Owerri to inaugurate the 12 armored personnel carriers the state government had purchased to combat banditry in the region when this occurred.

According to insiders at the market, the gunmen who opened fire drove a sienna and came from Oguta Road.

On reaching the market, one of the sources who doesn’t want to be mentioned said that the gunmen identified their target and ordered him to enter their vehicle but he refused.

The source said, “The man they killed is an Okada rider. They came in a sienna vehicle from Oguta Road. On reaching the market, they identified the Okada man called Chima and ordered him to join them in their vehicle.


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“The Okada man refused. They told him three times, but he insisted. They got infuriated and shot him three times, and he died on the spot before they drove off. They also shot in the air while zooming off.”

The Secretary General of Ogbaku Youth Association, Justice Nwafor, who confirmed the killing to our correspondent, said that the remains of the victims had been evacuated from the scene.

He also told our correspondent that the youth body had reported the incident to the Ogbaku Divisional police headquarters and that the deceased’s motorcycle had been taken to the police station.

The spokesperson for the police in the state, Micheal Abattam, had yet to respond to an inquiry concerning the incident.


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