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Robbers kill family of three in Imo State

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Daredevil armed robbers on Sunday killed an entire family in Nekede, Owerri West Local Council of Imo State. The yet-to-be identified man was killed in a cold blood with his wife and 22-year-old son.

According to an eyewitness, the robbers trailed the man who was returning from a church service in his Lexus 330 SUV Jeep to his apartment at No. 4, Nekede Road.

The eyewitness said: “The man was led into his living room at gunpoint and requested him to bring all the money he had in the house. But when the man returned with N70,000, the robbers who had expected more money, ordered him to bring more but he pleaded with them that he doesn’t have any other money at home.

“While the man was pleading, his wife who was also in the living room with them began to cry, begging the robbers to spare her husband. Her plea infuriated the robbers who shot her dead. At this point, the man who had been cooperative with the armed men lost his cool and inquired why they had to shoot his wife.

“The robbers again shot the man and just as they were about escaping from the scene, they saw the son of the couple climbing down the staircase after hearing the gunshots.

The young man was also shot dead by the robbers before fleeing.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Andrew Enwerem, said he was yet to be officially briefed on the incident.

In another development, it was a gloomy day for residents of Kakangi District in Birnin Gwari Local Council of Kaduna State last Friday as two brothers were allegedly killed by members of the vigilance group in the area.

The police have directed relatives of the deceased persons to immediately report the incident at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Birnin Gwari for proper investigation.

The younger brother of the deceased, Mallam Shehu Rankadede, said the duo, Oli Lafia and Rankadede Nana, had left home for Biski village to perform Juma’at prayers last Friday, but did not return.

According to Rankadede, “since then, we have been searching for them. We learnt members of the vigilance group arrested them. The search yielded positive result as their decomposing bodies were recovered in the bush.

“We are appealing to the Kaduna State government and security agencies to arrest the suspects and bring them to justice without delay. Our brothers were not criminals,” he said.

The state PPRO, Mallam Usman Aliyu, said: “Please, tell them to report the incident at the Divisional Police in Birnin Gwari so that investigation will commence.”


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