By Abah Joshua, Abakaliki
Daughter of the traditional ruler of Onicha Igboeze, Onicha local government area, Ebonyi state, Oshimili Agwu Nwukpa, Elizabeth Agwu was on Wednesday evening shot dead by ‘security operatives’ who invaded the community to arrest a suspect.
The incident which is causing ripples in the community, occurred at Enuagu village in the area when the security operatives after arresting the suspect, started shooting sporadically to scare the villagers and move out of the area with the suspect.
Bullet from the sporadic shooting hit Elizabeth who is in her 20s at the abdomen which led to her death while being taking to hospital in Abakaliki, the state capital for medical attention.
While some eyewitnesses said it was the men of south east joint security network known as Ebubeagu that masterminded the act, some said it was policemen while some said it was a combine team of policemen and the Ebubeagu joint security network that carried out the dastard act.
The deceased elder brother, Chijioke Agwu, Ebonyi state correspondent of Daily Sun Newspaper wrote on social media over Elizabeth death thus “policemen came to my village ,Enuagu Onicha Igboeze in Onicha Local government area of Ebonyi state today,8/9/2021 to harass residents ,In the milleu, they shot and killed my younger sister who was selling fruits at the junction. She died in my car at Awusa Quarters while moving her from the village to Abakaliki”.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah who saw Agwu’s post reacted thus “this is very sad and unacceptable. Please, dear brother Chijioke Agwu take heart. I have informed the Police Authority of your complaint and we are seriously on it to unravel the team that exhibited this unprofessional conduct if they are actually Police officers.
A stakeholder from the community and former House of Rep member, Chief Linus Okorie also made a facebook post on the incident with the picture of the deceased.
“This young girl of about 25, a hardworking youth and daughter of HRH Oshimili Agwu Nwukpa, peacefully plying her legitimate trade of selling fruits at Onuafor Enuagu, Onicha Igboeze; was gruesomely gunned down by reckless “security operatives” this evening. She was hit by bullets from the guns of these goons while attending to her customers in her shop.
“While some say that the reckless shooters were Policemen from Onicha Command Isu, other eyewitnesses insist that they were EBUBEAGU operatives that came in an unmarked while hilux van from Isu to arrest a certain coffin maker for unclear allegations.
“Whichever group is responsible for this crime, it is one attack too many on the peaceful people of Onicha Igboeze; and the atrocity must be fully investigated and prosecuted.
“For too long and repeatedly now, the peace of Onicha Igboeze has been continuously disrupted by “state or quasi state” operators without justification. We have continually appealed and cautioned that Onicha Igboeze can be very volatile and that no one or authority should find pleasure in putting fire to the fuel of that undesirable volatility; but what do we get?”, the post read in part. ENDS