Tension In Anambra As Unknown Gunmen And Police Exchange Gun Fire

There is tension in Isuaniocha, Awka North Local Government area of Anambra state following an invasion of suspected hoodlums in the area. The suspects, who stormed the town around 4 pm with three tinted Hilux vehicles, one Lexus 330, three shuttle buses, and a Toyota Corolla car reportedly opened fire on Police operatives on a peacekeeping mission in the area.

While the hoodlums were driving out of the community, one of their vehicles plunged inside a ditch and caught fire around the Obibia bridge axis of the ever-busy road. An eyewitness who identified himself as Okey Molokwu said road users, motorists, shop owners, and residents scampered for safety during the gun battle.

The witness said; “During the exchange of gunfire, the hoodlums jumped into their vehicles to run but one of them who claimed to be security personnel was caught.”

Speaking with reporters, an acting president general of the community, Fredrick Egwunwa said the incident was an attempt by certain criminal elements to wipe out the people of the town who had embraced peace. He accused one Onyemazi Ngini of being behind the incident together with others who had been on Police wanted list for various atrocities in the community. He appealed to the government and Inspector General of Police to wade into the community in the interest of the people who were always at the receiving end during any attack.

Also speaking, a community leader, Tony Onyeagolu noted that the attack on security personnel confirmed an earlier position that a particular set of persons being sponsored by a certain Commissioner in the state were bent on causing chaos in the area to cover their pranks. He wondered why Security Operatives would be conniving with some individuals already declared wanted to wreak havoc in the community. Reacting, police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga said normalcy had been restored to the area as security agents had been deployed to the community.

However, Peter Obi has share his thoughts after Unknown Gunmen killed and beheaded Labour Party chieftain in Abia State.

Peter Obi, a presidential aspirant from the Labour Party (LP), has strongly condemned the killing of Labour Party Chieftain, Zachary Maduka in Abia state. This condemnation comes in the wake of reports from The Guardian Newspaper, stating that Zachary Maduka was fatally attacked by unidentified gunmen at a drinking establishment, resulting in his death and beheading.

Zachary Maduka’s tragic death has triggered widespread reactions and outrage from various quarters. In response to this gruesome incident, Peter Obi expressed his condemnation, describing the act as utterly despicable.

Taking to his verified Twitter page, Peter Obi extended his heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of the late Zachary Maduka, as well as to the Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti. He also conveyed his sympathies to the people of Abia State and the entire Labour Party family.

Meanwhile, a police officer in Anambra State, by the name ASP Anthony Ogbodo, was on Saturday crushed on his motorcycle by a bus. The driver of the bus immediately conveyed the victim to the hospital in Enugwu Ukwu where he was confirmed dead.

The spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the driver had been arrested. According to his words; “The bus driver has been arrested and will be charge to court soon. This is to debunk insinuations on social media attributing the death of the officer to different causes. The command mourns the death of the officer and wishes to condole with his family and loved ones on his tragic demise. The Commissioner of Police (CP), Aderemi Adeoye, has assured that justice would be speedily dispensed in the case,” he stated.

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