Enugu: One shot dead in Oruku Community as crisis persists

There was panic and confusion in Oruku Community, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State weekend as hoodlums terrorising the Community shot amd killed a neighbourhood watch personnel and injured another.

The victim, Okey Ogbodo was said to have been shot and killed early Saturday morning while patrolling the troubled community with other members of the vigilante group.

Ogbodo’s killing is the third since December 26, 2020 when a police spaid was accused of killing the traditional ruler, Igwe Chidiebere Mbah during the community’s annual general meeting.

Two months later, February 24, 2021 deputy Caretaker Committee Chairman of the community, Chief Samuel Ani was shot and killed by gunmen.

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The murder of the community leaders in which some members of the community were fingered sparked off chain of crisis leading to the burning of over 77 houses and the only market in the community.

It was gathered that since soldiers were stationed in some strategic locations in the community, peace was gradually returning until Friday evening when soldiers and policemen left their posts and the hoodlums took over.

The hoodlums according to sources, were said to have seized the absence of the law enforcement agents, ransacked the community, robbed households with heavy shootings through the night.

A community leader, Mr Agozie Anih who spoke to our correspondent on the development, said that Mr Ogbodo was shot and killed in the early hours of Saturday while on patrol with other neighbourhood watch members.

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He said “there is heavy fighting in Oruku now as the governor refuses to implement the report of panel he set up to unravel those behind the murder of Oruku traditional ruler, Igwe Chidiebere Mbah.

“One Okey Ogbodo, a member of the Neighbourhood Watch group in the community was killed this morning. Another one with gunshot wound has been moved to the state capital.”

The Chairman Neighbourhood Watch Group, Mr Ndubuisi Ani confirmed the killing of Mr Ogbodo, describing it as unfortunate.

He said, “the same people who conspired with policemen from Abuja and killed our monarch, our deputy caretaker chairman, burnt our houses have also killed the neighborhood watch personnel.

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“As I am speaking with you, we are taking his body to the mortuary in Enugu State capital.”

When contacted on telephone the Area Commander, Agbani Area Command, Zainab Pembi, said she hadn’t been briefed.

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