Panic In Anambra As Unknown Gunmen Kill Army Major

Major Churchill Orji of the Nigerian army has been shot dead by some as Unknown Gunmen’ in the south eastern region of Nigeria. It was learnt that Major Churchill Orji, a citizen of Agulu in Anambra state was gunned down on Saturday at Azia/Ukpor in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The area has become a den of the so-called Unknown Gunmen. Details of the killing is not yet clear as of the time of publishing this report. Ugochukwu Afoekelu, a broadcaster in Anambra State confirmed the murder of Major Orji Churchill. According to his words; “Our brother Major Churchill Orji, you paid the price defending our dear State from bandits and unknown gunmen yesterday at Azia/Ukpor. Your efforts shall never be in vain. Agulu mourns,” he wrote on his official Facebook page on Sunday.

It was gathered that there is panic in the community where the incident happened as residents fear soldiers would soon invade their homes and deal with them over the murder of the top Army personnel. Violence, killings and arson attacks had escalated in the southeast region in recent times, with government accusing members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of being behind the violence. The groups have however denied any involvement in the violence and however suspects that the unknown gunmen are Fulani bandits backed up by government that are trying to invade Igboland.

However, apart from the senseless killings, government facilities such as police stations and offices belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were also attacked and some set ablaze.

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