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Tears as Gunmen Kill two People in Anambra
Tears flowed freely in Okpuno Akauzor Village of Umusiome Nkpor in Idemili North local government area of Anambra state on Saturday when the decomposing body of Mr. Uzochukwu Ezeme, where he was dumped by his assailants on Wednesday night.
The ugly incident occurred when unidentified gun men operating on two motor cycles at different locations shot one person, and dumped another inside a well.
A third person was shot sustained gunshot wound.
The victims hailed from Okpuno, Abor Akauzor, Umusioma village.
Mr. Chibuzor Ajaetu, a 34 years old trader, who is said to have met his death at a beer parlor when the gun men opened fire on him killing him instantly .
The Okpuno Akauzo villagers declared Ezeme missing after the attack on the fateful night but it was not until Friday evening at about 6pm that they discovered his body in a well.
At the same time, one other victim of the attack Mr. Okechukwu Ibegbulam, regained consciousness and narrated their ordeal in the hands of their assailants.
Ibegbulam, the third victim of the attack who is receiving treatment in a hospital at Nkpor said he was attacked about 8:30pm alongside Mr. Ezeme in the village where they do their vigilante work by gunmen who swooped on them and opened fire at them.
He said they were able escape the scene with bullet wounds in different directions and hid inside a bus until the mobile phone belonging to Mr. Ezeme rang and their assailants traced him, shot him again and threw him into a 60-feet local water well, where he died.
Ibegbulam who escaped with a life threatening bullet wound, told the police and newsmen at the hospital where he is receiving treatment, that “I covered myself with leaves, while writhing in pains in the bush until our assailants left before I managed to make a distress call to relations who came to rescue me and brought me to this hospital.”
According to an eye witness, late Ajaetu, and one Sunday Nzeife were said to have been called by some youths who are known to them to come for a peaceful settlement of land issue between them and another community, since the elders have not been able to settle the lingering dispute since 2012.
The dispute according to another eye witness had claimed the lives of two police men and a pregnant woman in 2013 in Okpuno, Abor Akuzor while many houses including a five-star hotel belonging to Mr. Okey Nwaforagu who incidentally is the uncle to the dead victims of the recent attacks, was razed.
However, while Nzeife was said to have refused to honour the invitation, Ajaetu reportedly went to meet them at a beer palour at Npkakana Lane also known as Bolts and Nuts joint.
According to the eye witness, he was there when six men riding on two motorcycles arrived and opened fire on him and left him in a pool of his blood, while the owners of the restaurant fled with other customers.
It was learnt that a little boy, a relation of the deceased, Mr. Ajaetu, who came to the place to buy something, was about to greet him, when the assassins opened fire and the boy ran for his life.
He was said to have gone back to touch his lifeless uncle, and in the process, picked two telephone handsets belonging to the diseased and one of the alleged assailants, which he handed over to his father who raised alarm and invited Ajaetu’s elder brother and the police.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Nkiru Nwode, confirmed the incident, saying it happened on Wednesday at about 10 pm, adding that it is a murder case which has been transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department.
She said that the police was still investigating and yet to make any arrest, but assured the public that if the complainants come with fact that will help the police, the perpetrators must surely be arrested and punished accordingly.