Groom shot dead by vigilante in Ebonyi

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Abah Nnanna, Abakaliki

A self-styled vigilante, whose name was given as Hossana Aju has shot to death a-29-year-old man, Mr Chukwudi Chukwu , at Okposi community, in the Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The deceased was said to be attending a wake with his friend at Nediokpa village in the area, when the trigger happy man, identified as Hosanna Aju,allegedly opened fire on him, on Tuesday.

It was gathered that the victim was to wed on April 28, 2021, before his life was cut short by the trigger-happy self acclimated local security man.

The victim, Mr Chukwu, it was further learnt, hails from Amoji Nenwe community, in the Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The deceased’s friend, who attended the wake with him, Mr Innocent Ezeogo told our correspondent that the assailant approached them shortly after arriving at the venue and insisted to fire a shot in their midst.

He noted that they protested against the move and stood up to leave the venue, when the gunman shot his friend dead.

The victim’s wife-to-be, Mrs Juliana Nnamani, said she was still in shock over the development as she did her best to stop the husband from attending the wake.

She called on the police to ensure that diligent prosecution of the culprit was carried to the letter.

A brother to the deceased, Mr Emeka Chukwu emphasised that the incident was a pointer to the number of illegal arms in circulation in the country and called on the police to recover such arms to prevent further loss of innocent lives in the land.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.

Mrs Odah explained that the culprit had been arrested and that investigations revealed that he was not a vigilante in Okposi. She added that the source of the locally-made double barrel short-gun, which he committed the crime, could not be ascertained.

According to her, plans had been concluded to arraign the suspect and called on community leaders in the state to report any person in possession of illegal firearms to the police.

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