Gunmen kill three, set vehicles ablaze in Anambra
Gunmen killed three persons in Anambra State on Sunday while another sustained injury.
One Dr. Nelson Omenugha, son of a serving commissioner in the state, escaped unhurt during the attack. The gunmen, however, set his Hilux vehicle ablaze.
An eyewitness said the dead were the Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Uruagu-Nnewi Ward 1, Chukwuemeka Benjamin Nwokebuagu; a schoolteacher; and an executive member of the APC in Uruagu-Nnewi Ward 3 in Nnewi North Council, Ofomata Somadina.
The eyewitness said the gunmen attacked Nwokebuagu’s vehicle and the four persons in his company at Afor-Nnobi, Idemili-South Council on Sunday night.
His corpse was later recovered at the Alor area, where it was reportedly dumped by some youths.
Nwokebuagu and his colleagues were returning to Nnewi in a car branded with APGA colours, sporting the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Prof. Charles Soludo. The vehicle had reportedly been donated to him to facilitate a campaign at ward levels ahead of the November 6, 2021 election.
Also, a yet-to-be-identified person, who was travelling in the same vehicle as Somadina, was hit by a bullet and is said to be receiving treatment at a hospital in Nnewi.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in the state, Ikenga Tochukwu, described the incident as unfortunate, saying the Command had already begun a manhunt for the hoodlums. He pleaded with members of the public to volunteer information that could help the police arrest the gunmen.
He said: “Preliminary investigations revealed the attackers came in a Toyota Sienna vehicle and a shuttle bus and attacked the unsuspecting members on transit along with Afor-Nnobi Market. The victims were rushed to the hospital and later confirmed dead by a medical doctor on duty.”