Four people, including a woman, her daughter and two men were on Tuesday, shot dead by unknown gunmen in Amangwu Ohafia, in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State. The killings were said to have been as a result of a crisis that erupted in the area between two factional groups of unknown gunmen taking refuge in Amangwu community.
One of the rival groups is reportedly led by one Isi Bridge. Those allegedly killed were a woman identified as Ucha Ndukwe, her first daughter, Inyang Ndukwe, her second daughter Ndubuisi Ndukwe and Kalu Umah.
Confirming the incident in a telephone interview, the chairman of Ohafia Local Government Area, Dr. Okorafor Ukiwe, who spoke to journalists from the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Umuahia confirmed the incident, when he said he went to see the hospitalized victim. He further stated that only one person was injured while others were killed by the unknown gunmen.
Dr. Ukiwe said; “The injured lady lost her mother and sister who were shot alongside her in their house by unknown gunmen. I am just leaving the Intensive Care Unit of FMC, where I went to see the female victim who is battling for her life. She has just been operated on to remove the bullets in her body. The gunmen killed her mother and her sister in their house. After which the hoodlums burnt down her mother’s shop.
“From information available to us, the problem is that a fight broke out between members of two ESN factions in the village. The other group felt that the woman who sells food in the community was not in support of their activities in the community.
“They went to her shop and burnt it down, came to her house and gunned her down and when two of her daughters came out, they shot at them too.
“One died on the spot while the other one who sustained bullet injury was rushed to the hospital and is receiving treatment at the intensive care unit. Two other boys were also killed by the gunmen.”The Ohafia Local Government chairman, who disclosed that his council had concluded a security meeting, vowed to ensure that the families of the deceased will get justice. The Local Government chairman assured that security agencies in the area were on top of the matter and would fish out perpetrators of the barbaric act very soon.
Following the crisis, community members were said to have fled into the bush and neighboring communities for fear of being annihilated.