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Vigilante leader, two others found dead in Awka



SECURITY operatives and vigilante men are currently in frantic chase of persons behind three deaths.

A leader of Anambra State Vigilante Group in Awka, Anambra State, Christopher Nzekwe, a k a,, Ezeoke, was yesterday gunned down in  Umubelle village in Awka, Awka South Local Government Area of the state with two other yet-to-be identified persons killed near St Mary’s Church, Arthur Eze Avenue, close to Eke Awka market..

The incidents which happened at the early hours of the evening threw the community into pandemonium.

President-General (PG) of Awka, Sir Tony Okechukwu confirmed the information to National Light reporters. Speaking on phone, he said that he received the news about 30 minutes before the call from National Light.

“I received the news just this evening (yesterday) and it is late for me to make the necessary calls to obtain accurate information on how it happened. I will reach out to people who will give me details of what happened by tomorrow (today).”

He stated that he was not in Awka as at the time of the phone call, so he was handicapped to offer more information on the incident at the time.

An Awka native from Umuike who spoke to National Light reporters on anonymity on the incident stated, “I saw Nzekwe driving out from his residence this evening, (yesterday), and within minutes, the news of his shooting started spreading the entire area. This caused great confusion and people began to run helter-skelter, leading to early closure of businesses and people hurrying to their various homes.”

As at the time of filing this report, information surrounding the killings of the victims were still sketchy as calls put through to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed were not picked, while text message sent to his mobile phone was yet to be replied.

The two unidentified dead bodies lying around the St Mary’s area however, threw members of the public into panic, leading to impromptu closure of business premises and shops around the usually busy part of town.


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