Gunmen killed at least five persons in the early hours of Thursday in Ilile, a community in Ohaji-Egbema Council Area, Imo State


The gunmen stormed the community around 3:00am, killing a retired police officer and a leader in the community.
Also, many other people were hospitalized after sustaining bullet wounds.

An eyewitness, who spoke on the incident, said, “Five persons have been confirmed dead. Among the dead are a retired police officer, Mr Ukpabi, the immediate past president-general of our community, Napoleon Amadi, a member of vigilante group in our community, Uwagwu Eze and two others.

“Three persons died on the spot while two others died at the hospitals. Several others are lying critically at the hospital.

“The hoodlums killed the victims in their houses while they were asleep. It was indeed a tragedy.”

However, Police Public Relations Officers in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said three persons were killed, adding that he could not ascertain the cause of the attack.

He said, “I can confirm that three persons were killed. But I cannot confirm if it was cult-related because they came and shot their targets.
“The Commissioner of Police has ordered a full-blown investigation into the killings with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice.”

There are many killings in Nigeria now than during the civil war — Secondus
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has claimed more people have been killed under the Muhammadu Buhari government than during the 1970 civil war.

Secondus made the claim during a meeting of the Ogun State wing of the party at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, on Wednesday.

The PDP chief said his party would stop violent deaths in the country if elected in the 2023 polls.

He said, “For how long can we continue to be oppressed, intimidated and continue to kill ourselves? So many killings now in the country than we had during the civil war.

“The people that have been killed since the inception of the APC government are many that you can’t place records, because we wake up to hear news of killings on a daily basis.”

On his plan to unite the party ahead of the 2023 elections, Secondus said Ogun had taken the lead towards the move to unite the PDP in other states.

He said, “Since Ogun state has started this unification move, other states will follow in the interest of our great party. We must all come together after we have passed through pains.”

A leader of the PDP in the state, Oladipupo Adebutu, said Dapo Abiodun would not have won the March 9 governorship poll if he had represented the party.



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