Crime and Metro

JUST IN: Many shot, vehicles set ablaze as gunmen hit Ebonyi market again

When unidentified shooters stormed Nwakpu market in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State early on Wednesday morning, they were thought to be enforcers of Simon Ekpa’s five-day sit-at-home call. Many people were shot and injured.

The rioting hoodlums also set fire to the motorcycles and cars of shoppers at the market for allegedly disobeying the supposed order to stay at home.

Eyewitnesses reported that the attackers were firing indiscriminately at individuals as everyone fled in various directions during the subsequent chaos.

One of the victims simply identified as Henry, said his vehicle was among the ones burnt by the unknown gunmen.

He said that he was also shot in the leg and cut on the head with an axe by the assailants who left him in the pool of his blood.

Confirming the incident, the Sector Crime Officer in charge of the area, Kingsley Okorie told our Correspondent that when police got information about the attack at the market, they stormed the market, and on sighting the security agencies, the hoodlums fled.

“We gave them a hot pursuit but they escaped on motorcycle through narrow paths to the bush”, police said.

The officer said that one of the victims, Henry had been taken to the hospital where efforts were on to extract the bullets lodged in his thigh.

Both IPOB and its Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have  since disowned Ekpa over the five-day sit-at-home order, saying it’s inflicting hardship on the people.

The pro-Biafra movement had vowed to confront enforcers of the purported order.

There have also been outrage from across the South East against the sit-at-home order which has been generally ignored by the people.

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