Residents of the Ukpor community in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State have been in panic after unknown gunmen and Nigerian Army engaged in a heavy gun battle. Major roads, shops and other public offices have also been deserted due to fear of attacks. It was learnt that there was heavy shooting around St. John’s Church Ukpor, Amadim village and some few other parts of the community.
As a result of the ongoing gun battle between the Nigerian army and unknown gunmen, residents in the community were advised to remain indoors and avoid coming out or using the roads. Ukpor has been a theatre of murder and other gruesome attacks and crimes in the State in recent times. Barely three days ago, unknown gunmen killed a former state lawmaker, Hon. Nelson Emeka Achukwu.
The former lawmaker was reportedly kidnapped in his home in Ukpor despite being physically challenged. His decapitated body was later found at the bank of Ulasi River and was quickly buried by the family on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 in the evening as the body was already decomposing.