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A pregnant woman and a vigilante member were left dead as gunmen invaded a drinking spot Enugu community. The daredevils also reportedly shot a secondary school girl who is now receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
The three masked hefty gunmen, it was gathered, stormed the relaxation centre around 8:00 pm on Saturday and ordered everybody to lie down.
The owner of the joint who also lives in the same compound where he is running the drinking joint 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 having a good time at the joint tried to escape and was also shot dead.
The pregnant woman’s maidservant who was also helping out in the joint was shot in the leg and is now receiving treatment at a hospital.
The gunmen, it was learnt, 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, Felix Onyia, the immediate past councilor representing Akwuke ward at the Enugu South Legislative Assembly.
An eyewitness who claimed anonymity said he saw everything live.
Narrated he: “I was there and I saw everything. I asked the woman to prepare fish and I was drinking, waiting for the fish when we heard ‘lie down all of you’.
“Nwagod 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. They did not shoot me. It was later I learnt that they shot NwaGod’s wife and shot Nonso, the vigilante man. They also shot the girl that was serving in the bear palour”.
He said that it was only God that saved him because he could have been shot, pointing out that others who were at the drinking joint were not hurt because it seemed that they purposely came for the former councilor, Hon. Felix Onyia, alias NwaGod”.
Said a resident: “The way they came straight to his house and shot his wife when he escaped is an indication that they came purposely for him”.
He said that he would not know why they came for him but pointed out that something must have prompted the visit of the gunmen who came in a vehicle for the attack.
Daniel Ndukwe, Police Spokesman, when contacted, demanded a message to allow him address the issue quickly but till the time of filing this report after hours of sending a message both on WhatsApp and SMS, he had not replied.
Requested Ndukwe: “Please send me SMS to allow me to address it quickly”.