One shot as gunmen invade popular Ebonyi market


One shot as gunmen invade popular Ebonyi market

Nwakpu Market, a popular market in Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo community, in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi state, was on Wednesday, December 14, attacked by gunmen who shot a motorcyclist in the head and set a vehicle ablaze.

 

The gunmen stormed the market which is opposite the country home of Ebonyi State Deputy Governor, Eric Kelechi, when traders opened for business on Wednesday morning.

 

A source told Punch

 

 “The gunmen came into the market and ordered traders and shop owners to vacate the market. They also told them to observe the sit-at-home.

“After dispatching the traders and shop owners, the gunmen set ablaze a vehicle. As the vehicle owner (name withheld) attempted to quench the fire, they (gunmen) shot him in the head and legs.”

 

Confirming the incident which crippled commercial activities in the community, Commander of the Ebubeagu Security Outfit, Mr. Friday Nnanna, said the attackers are not members of the Indigenous People of Biafra but mere hoodlums who were carrying out a robbery operation. 

 

Nnanna said; 

 

“What happened was that some boys invaded the Nwakpu market to rob traders. They (gunmen) are not members of IPOB. This is because they (gunmen) came into the market with locally-made pistols.

“Ebubeagu is on ground to arrest those boys because we know the clothes they (the gunmen) are wearing, and so, we are after them.

“We are on track to get them. We are putting on our searchlight on them to arrest them. From now till tomorrow, we will apprehend them.”



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