2 killed, scores injured as gunmen invade Imo market




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There panic at Awo Omamma Community Oru East Local Government Area of Imo when gunmen invaded Afor Awo .

At least, two were killed the incident, which occurred around 4 pm on Wednesday.

Another six sustained different degrees of gunshot wounds while several sustained injuries from stampede as the hoodlums shot sporadically while chasing a believed to be their gang member.

This forced traders and those the neighbourhood to scamper for safety, leaving their wares behind.

Panic-stricken traders and residents of the adjourning villages hurriedly closed their shops.

The gathered a five- year- boy found dead after the while a who owned a motorcycle spare parts in the simply known as Emeka, died Wednesday night in a hospital where he taken after receiving gunshots.

Traders and villagers, who spoke to The , attributed the invasion to the sharing of booty that went wrong.

According to them, the hoodlums, numbering three, had gone on a kidnap operation early this year but one of the popularly known as Orjiwuagu from Umuifa, Ubachima Awo Omamma, ran away the ransom said to be in millions.

He was said to have used part of the money to buy a Lexus car, commenced building his house and living large within the village.

His gang members traced him to the village but he drove towards Afor Awo where thousands of traders were trading on sighting them.


He was said to have stopped at the market as his gang members gave him a chase.

But he chose to run into the market for after he reportedly suffered bullet wounds.


One of the sources said: “Based on what witnessed, the guy being pursued and his gang went for kidnap or robbery operation. So the operation went fine, the guy out of greed, took the money paid to them as ransom and ran away.

“Today(Wednesday), they saw him and started chasing him all the way from Ubachima Village. He came out at the Afor market and wanted to drive to the junction, unfortunately, they double-crossed him and started .

“He ran into the market that is when the bullets started missing direction and hitting people.

“The most painful that have ever seen so far was that of that little boy of five years. He was the only son of his father.”

The spokesman of Imo Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu, said he would get back to our correspondent when he confirmed the incident.

But, as of the time of filing the report, he was yet to call back.

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