Rivers community boils as cultists kill three
Three persons were shot dead Monday night by gunmen believed to be cultists in Ipoo community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
A source told our correspondent that Ogechi Amesi and his brother Chinumezi Amesi from Ibaa community in Emohua LGA, and one other person yet to be identified were shot dead by the gunmen at a shop in Ipoo community.
A relative of the victims, Iheanyi Njoku, in a telephone chat said that the suspected cultists stormed the barber’s shop owned by the two brothers and opened fire killing three and leaving one other person injured.
Njoku also disclosed that security operatives, who responded to the distress call by indigenes of the community after the shooting had arrested some suspects in connection with the incident.
A senior police officer attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, who also confirmed the attack, said security operatives who were put on the alert and had moved in to restore normalcy added that the remains of two of the victims had been deposited in a mortuary, while one had been buried.
However, the Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, said he had not been briefed on the incident.
Meanwhile, the member representing Ikwerre State Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Azubuike Wanjoku, has condemned the killing at Ipoo.
Wanjoku, in a statement on Tuesday, said it was inhuman for anyone to take the life of another, especially when other youths were already campaigning for peace for the sake of development.
Wanjoku, who is also the President General of Ikwerre Youth Movement, called on security operatives to ensure that those behind the tragedy were made to face the law.Punch