Unknown gunmen kill ex-commissioner, others in Enugu

Suspected gunmen have killed no fewer than four persons, including a former Commissioner in Enugu State.

The incidents, report said, occurred on Friday evening at Oji River Local Government Area and Aguikpa community in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state

The late Commissioner, Gab Onuzulike, was also a former Local Government Chairman of Oji-River.

He was said to have been shot dead with his brother.

They were said to be returning from a burial ceremony when they were waylaid within Oji-River.

His brother was reportedly shot dead on the spot while the Commissioner was whisked away and later killed with his vehicle taken away.

A police source, who confirmed the incident, however disclosed that two of the assailants were shot dead and the vehicle and their guns recovered.

Before the incident, two persons were reportedly shot dead at Aguikpa community in Nkanu East local government area of Enugu state Friday morning.

The victims were identified as Ikechukwu Nnamani, a former President General of the crisis-torn Oruku community and one Ndubuisi Nnamani, a native of Aguikpa community.

Village sources said some gunmen believed to be working for a faction in the Oruku communal conflict laid an ambush somewhere near the health centre at Aguikpa community in the early hours of Friday and gunned down the two persons.

It could not be ascertained if any arrest was made by security agencies following the shooting but sources said some of the residents fled their homes on Friday.

The gunmen have been terrorizing the people of the area, killing and setting houses of opponents ablaze after the Enugu State Government set up a judicial panel into the Oruku – Umuode communal conflict.

The findings and recommendations of the panel had since been submitted to the state government but not much has been heard about its implementation.

As at the last count, the communal crisis has so far claimed the lives of no fewer than 12 illustrious persons including the former traditional ruler of Oruku community, Igwe Emmanuel Mbah and other personalities in the community.

It was learnt that the two corpses of the victims were removed by policemen to a morgue in Enugu hours after the incident on Friday.