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Lockdown in Sapele as gunmen kill two vigilante members

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There is a total lockdown in Sapele, Delta State as gunmen killed two members of the local Vigilantes group in last night. The development has resulted in the blockage of major streets at Amukpe and burning of tyres on tarred road by an angry mob in protest of the continued insecurity in town.

Eyewitness had it that a Venza car intercepted the Hilux van of the local vigilantes at the Amukpe Motor park area and started shooting the occupants of the Hilux Van.

The Hilux, in an attempt to evade the gun fire, tried to escape but rather ran into the pole of one of the street lights along the road.

It was said that the gunmen drove to where the Hilux Van was stuck and sprayed the occupants with more bullets, killing the Amukpe vigilantes Chairman, name Glory and the other occupant, identified as Gift.

Another witness said the Venza car was among the group that invaded community road and NDDC road the prvious night, to rob residents.

The eyewitness that pleaded anonymity said it may be that while they were escaping from the robbery, they met the vigilante and attacked them.

As at the time of filing this report, vehicular movement around Amukpe has stopped as an angry mob blocked the road, setting burnfire on the tarred road, in protest of the continued insecurity in the town despite the visit of the Commissioner of Police to Sapele to address this issue early this week.

Speaking with the local government Chairman, Hon. Eugene Okpe Inoaghan on phone, he said the culprits will definitely be brought to book and assured residents that the Police will soon restore order in the troubled areas.

Suspected cultist leader killed, two others arrested as police raid hideout in Anambra

Anambra State Police operatives have killed a suspected leader of a cult group, Okechukwu Freedom and arrested two others with gunshot wounds.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who disclosed this in a statement in Awka, on Friday, said the incident happened at Nkpor, in Idemili North Local Government Area of the State.

He said the suspects were members of Viking Confraternity.

The statement reads, “In relentless efforts of the Command Operatives to take the battle to the door-step of the criminal elements who are bent on fomenting trouble and acts meant to cause tension in the state, burst three notorious cultists, recover two locally made pistol, one ladies machine, one expanded cartridge, charms, face mask and substance suspected to be hard drugs.

“On 11/1/2023 by 5 am, Police operatives acting on credible intelligence burst into a criminal hideout in Nkpor Idemili North LGA. The suspects, Caleb Nwankwo ‘m’ aged 22 years, Katchi Nwolisa ‘m’ aged 23 years, and Okechukwu Freedom ‘m’ aged unknown, sighting the police, and in an attempt to escape the scene, started shooting indiscriminately. The police engaged the armed hoodlums in a gun duel, demobilize Okechukwu, and arrested the two others with gunshot wounds.

“They all confessed to be members of Viking Confraternity and identified the late Okechukwu as their leader. The suspect also has been involved in the cult-related killings in Nkpor, Obosi, and was actively involved in the cult attack that led to the murder of Chimeile Udemba on 1/12/2022 and Ikenna Nwagbulu on 14/12/2022 all in Obosi.

“In another development, the Operatives responding to distress calls on 11/1/2023 by 10:30 am along little hood estate, Obosi recovered one locally made pistol, one expanded cartridge, and one ladies’ motorcycle. The suspects, sighting the police operatives abandoned the recovered exhibits and took to their heels. Efforts are in top gear to arrest the assailants.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng has ordered Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Commanders of Tactical/Operational Units/Formations to embark on aggressive crime-prevention and visibility patrols in their areas of responsibility. This plan shall enhance adequately already policing strategy put in place that is potently and dynamic to respond to any emergency, and security concerns and prevent untoward activities by criminal elements,” the statement added.

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