Residents of the commercial city of Onitsha were thrown into fears in the early hours of yesterday when dare-devil armed men suspected to armed robbers stormed the city in what looked like coordinated attacks in which one person was shot dead and another kidnapped.
Daily Sun gathered that the incident which took place at about 7.30 am occurred at Modebe Avenue Junction by St. John’s Street when the victim identified as Chief Emeka Ekwerendu, a car dealer was shot dead by the hoodlums.
It was further gathered that the four-man gang operated in a light green Tayota Sienna car without number plate and trailed their victim from a Catholic Church in Odoakpu after he dropped his children at a Primary School in Onitsha before he was shot dead.
According to an eyewitness, Chief Ekwerundu was riding in his black Sport Utility Vehicle, SUV with registration number, ABC 202AJ before the robbers shot at his tyres, causing the car lose control and hit a parked vehicle before they shot him from behind and made straight to the car boot where they carted away undisclosed sum of money.
The hoodlums armed with four AK 47 rifles, shot sporadically in the air to scare the residents away and when they succeeded in killing the man, they escaped through Anionwu Street in same Onitsha. In a related development, another gang of gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted a businessman in Fegge in Onitsha.
Though, the identity of the victim was not known as at the time of this report, eyewitnesses said he was kidnapped on his way back from church. When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Central Police Station, Onitsha CPS, Mr. Tomitope Fahugbe and Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Anambra State, Mr. Ralph Uzoigwe confirmed the incident, but stated that they were yet to get the details of the incident