Today 9 August, 2022

Pregnant woman, vigilante member shot dead at drinking joint

Pregnant woman, vigilante member shot dead at drinking joint

A pregnant woman and a member of a local vigilante were on Monday shot dead by unknown gunmen at a drinking joint in Akwuke, Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Reports say that the gunmen also shot a secondary school girl and she is currently receiving treatment in a hospital in the town.

It was learnt that the assailants who were three in number stormed the joint at about 8pm and ordered everybody to lie down.

The owner of the joint, who also lived in the same compound, was able to escaped through the back door but his pregnant wife was not so lucky as the men pursued her into her kitchen and shot her dead.

A young man, whose name was given as Nonso, one of the vigilante members, who was at the joint tried to escape but was also shot dead.

The pregnant woman’s house help, who was also helping out in the joint was shot in the leg and is now receiving treatment at a hospital.

It was also learnt that the gunmen had earlier gone into a compound in Akwuke and demanded to see another young man but the man was not at home prompting them to come for the owner of the drinking joint, Hon. Felix Onyia, the immediate past counsellor representing Akwuke ward at the Enugu South legislative Assembly.

One of the eyewitnesses, while anonymously narrating how the incident unfolded, said: “I saw everything. I asked the woman to prepare fish for me and I was drinking, waiting for the fish when we heard, “Lie down, all of you.”

“NwaGod popularly known as Hon. Onyia was sitting on the other side with Nonso, the vigilante man that was shot. When they told us to lie down, I quickly moved into one of the rooms and from there, I jumped through the window and they saw me but did not shoot me.

“It was later I learnt that they shot NwaGod’s wife and shot Nonso, the security man also. They also shot the girl that was serving in the beer parlour.”

As of press time, the state police command was yet to issue an official statement on the incident.

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