Gunmen invade, kill three in Enugu community
Three villagers in Agbada Nenwe community in Aninri Local Council of Enugu State, have been killed by masked gunmen, who invaded the community at the weekend.
The Guardian learnt that the victims were Hillary Uche, a popular dealer in block and cement at Orie Agu, Emulemoke Agbada Road; one Kingsley, a machine parts dealer at signboard area of the village, and another young man popularly called FM.
The gunmen were said to have trailed the deceased to their houses and shops. While Kingsley and FM were said to have been dragged out of their homes in Amagu Agbada Nenweto the village square, where they were killed, Hilary was allegedly killed inside his shop at Orie Agu.
Sources said the hoodlums set a house ablaze after searching it without seeing their target.
The killings have since thrown the community into mourning and tension, as young men doing businesses in the village have started fleeing the place.
A village source said: “Some unknown gunmen invaded my village and brought out Kingsley and FM, dragged them to the village square where they were killed.
“Nobody knows who the people are. Some came in motorcycles, while some of our people said the men came in a vehicle. “Everyone is afraid of even going out. There is panic everywhere. This kind of thing has never happened before here.
“One of the persons they killed, Hillary, was shot three times in his shop at Orie Agu Nenwe. All the gunmen wore masks, suggesting that they may have come from around us here.”
Meanwhile, the police in Enugu have confirmed the report.Spokesperson for the command, Daniel Ndukwe, said: “Discreet investigation and manhunt operation are underway to fish out the yet-to-be identified armed hoodlums said to have shot and killed three male victims, in the wee hours of September 9, at Agbada Village square, in Nenwe community of Aninri Local Council. Further development shall be communicated accordingly, please.”
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