Today 7 June, 2023

Tension as suspected gunmen allegedly kill vigilante operative

Tension as suspected gunmen allegedly kill vigilante operative

The Umutu community in Delta State was in tension at the weekend following the killing of a member of the community’s vigilance group by suspected herdsmen.

It was gathered that three other people were kidnapped at the waterside part of the community by the same gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

But sources said the vigilance group summoned courage and mobilised to comb the bushes until they rounded up the herders and rescued the kidnapped victims.

“The herders even came into the town, so, as they were going, one of the vigilantes, Mr. Oliseneku, was shot on his stomach, but due to the lack of good hospitals around, he was rushed to Asaba. On getting to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), they were on strike, so they had to locate another good hospital and they later found one. But before any tangible service could be rendered, the vigilante died due to extreme loss of blood and long hours on road searching for hospitals,” a source volunteered.

Another source said the other vigilante, who also sustained gunshot injuries, is currently in critical condition.

The Public Relations Officer of the state police command, DSP Bright Edafe, was yet to confirm the incident at the time of this report, but an unofficial police source said it was not ascertained if the hoodlums were herders.

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