Gunmen Paint Enugu Red With Blood

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The Coal City State of Enugu had more than it bargained for last week with the brutal killing of three police men at Awgu, assassination of Enugu south PDP chairman and kidnap of a well known Enugu Monarch.
The sad incidences started on Tuesday, October 4,when the traditional ruler of Mgbidi community in Awgu local government area of the state,Igwe Pius Dilibe Uzochukwu, was abducted at a neighbouring town of Mmaku while being conveyed back from Eagle Hospital, Mmaku, where he was admitted and treated of a minor ailment.
Sunday Pilot gathered that five gunmen, trailed behind him in two Toyota Camry cars and closed up on him at a section of the road with potholes at gun point. They forced the monarch into their own car and zoomed off immediately.
As at the time of filing this report, family members were yet to obtain any clue of the whereabouts of their bread winner,Igwe Dilibe Uzochukwu.
Reports have it that the gang also shot down three policemen who were part of an entourage heading towards Port Harcourt Sunday Pilot gathered that the gunmen wanted to stop the convoy and also kidnap the personalities inside their cars, but the policemen escorting them resisted.
Unfortunately, the three policemen were subdued in the gun battle due to the sophisticated guns paraded by the hoodlums. Sadly, they were murdered out rightly on the spot.
The Enugu State police commissioner, Danazumi Doma, has confirmed the murder of the three policemen and the kidnap of the traditional ruler of Mgbidi. He assured that his command was on top of the situation and every attempt has being put on the ground to apprehend the hoodlums, however, as at the time of filing this report, no arrest had been made.
In a related development, yet to be identified gunmen in Enugu on Thursday, October 6,2011 killed the PDP party chairman of Enugu south local government area, Mr Steve Ani. Although the police is yet to confirm the cause of his murder political pundits allege it to be another beginning of political violence and thuggery in the state,ahead of the December 10,2011 council elections.
Prior to the December 10,2011 council elections,the PDP which is the ruling party in the state, has conducted it’s primaries,which allegedly has been generating bad blood in the party, since the state executive of the party, led by Chief Vita Abba, allowed up to 255 aspirants under the party to buy the PDP nomination forms,and thereafter allegations of stakeholders handpicking their favoured candidates trailed the primaries.

Source: Nigerian Pilot


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