Suspected ESN/IPOB men kill 7 guards, injure 2 residents
Gunmen suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN)/ the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who invaded Umuafom, Orogwe in Owerri west Local Government Area of Imo State have reportedly killed seven local security guards on duty and left two other residents of the area seriously wounded.
According to a source from the community, the gunmen who came in two vehicles and a bike rider at about 9.30 pm took the guards unaware and shot them in separate locations. While four of them were said to have been shot dead at a building not too far from a hospital, the other three were shot at a new building in the area called Corpers lodge.
The source who further disclosed that two others also fell victim to the gunmen while trying to run for safety said: “One of the victims, a commercial motorcyclist was shot in the leg and was dispossessed of his bike; he is said to be receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri, while the other victim was given machete cut”.
Meanwhile, there’s intense fear in the community following the attack by the gunmen as some of the residents are temporarily leaving their abode for safety.
When contacted the State Police Spokesperson, Mike Abattam, who confirmed the incident said he could not ascertain yet if those killed were security guards, but he assured that the police are already on the trail of the suspects even as he pleaded with the community to remain calm.