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Gunmen storm drinking joint in Enugu, kill pregnant woman, vigilante member

Gunmen suspected to cultists shot dead a pregnant woman and a vigilante member in Akwuke, Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The hoodlums were also said to have shot a secondary school girl in the leg who is now receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

The incident took place on Saturday night around 8pm when three of hoodlums reportedly stormed a drinking joint and ordered everybody to lie down.

The owner of the joint, who also lived in the same compound, had sensed danger and escaped through the back door but his pregnant wife was not so lucky as the men pursued her into her kitchen and shot her dead.

A young man, whose name was given as Nonso, one of the vigilante members, who was at the joint tried to escape but was also shot dead.

The pregnant woman’s house help, who was also helping out in the joint was shot in the leg and is now receiving treatment at a hospital.

According to SaharaReporters, community sources said the gunmen had earlier gone into a compound inside Akwuke and demanded to see another young man but the man was not at home prompting them to come for the owner of the drinking joint, Hon. Felix Onyia, the immediate past counsellor representing Akwuke ward at the Enugu South legislative Assembly.

The aforementioned publication reported that an eyewitness who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “I saw everything. I asked the woman to prepare fish for me and I was drinking, waiting for the fish when we heard, “Lie down, all of you.”

“NwaGod popularly known as Hon. Onyia was sitting on the other side with Nonso, the vigilante man that was shot. When they told us to lie down, I quickly moved into one of the rooms and from there, I jumped through the window and they saw me but did not shot me.

“It was later I learnt that they shot NwaGod’s wife and shot Nonso, the security man also. They also shot the girl that was serving in the beer parlour.”

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, said, “I am not aware of the incident but I’ll get back to you. Where exactly in Akwuke do you say the incident happened?”, he said during telephone.

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