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Two shot dead, others injured as gunmen invade traditional rulers meeting in Imo state  

Two shot dead, others injured as gunmen invade traditional rulers meeting in Imo state  

 

Two traditional rulers in Imo State have reportedly been shot dead by gunmen suspected to be IPOB/ESN members on Tuesday October 19th while others sustained serious injuries in Njaba local government of Imo state.

According to Sources , the royal fathers were holding a meeting in Njaba Local Government Area of the state when the said gunmen invaded the venue and opened fire on them.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Rabiu Hussaini psc, immediately, dispatched the command’s tactical teams comprising of the Special forces, Rapid Response Squad and Anti-kidnapping Squad to the scene, on their arrival at the scene, they were informed by the police patrol teams patrolling the area, that the hoodlums fled into the bush on sighting them .

At the scene it was revealed that the Transitional Chairman of Njaba local government,  Hon. Emeka Iheanacho invited and was having meeting with fifteen traditional rulers of Njaba communities without informing the police or other security agencies.  While the meeting was in progress armed bandits suspected to be IPOB/ ESN members came and started shooting at them indiscriminately after which they ran back into the bush.

Unfortunately, two of the traditional rulers namely,  HRH Eze S. C Osunwa of Ihebinowere Autonomous Community and HRH Eze Barr A. E Durueburuo of Okwudor Autonomous Community lost their lives in the attack while HRH Eze A. N Onyeka ( JP ) of Nkume Autonomous Community sustained gun shot injuries.

It is on record that, the police station in Njaba was recently attacked and raised down by hoodlums suspected to be IPOB/ ESN terror groups, where two police officers lost their lives. Thus, the command had to post Policemen to the area on vehicular patrols to help in checkmating crimes and criminalities. Pending when a new police station will be rebuilt.

 

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The command is exploring all avenues possible to see that the fleeing bandits are arrested and prosecuted.

The Commissioner of Police,  Imo State Command,  CP Rabiu Hussaini psc, while consoling the families of those who lost their lives, enjoined all and sundry to be law abiding and go about their lawful businesses, assuring Imolites of the command’s commitment to arrest and bring to book the perpetrators of this heinous crime.

Meanwhile the Executive governor of Imo state His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodimma in his address to the press, condemned the attack.

He also added that the banditry has gotten to another level as they now attack traditional leaders.

He therefore promised to do everything within his power to fish out the perpetrators of this attack and bring them to face the law and answer for their crimes and that the Imo state government will never allow such happen again.

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