The peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed by the people of the Southern region of the country after several attacks of unknown gunmen that led to the death of several people in the region has again been cut short following renewed attacks in some parts of the area.
According to reports, no fewer than 20 lives were allegedly lost in the last two weeks, including some high profile individuals like businessman billionaire, Chief Philip Udala, owner of Udala Football Club in Anambra State, and Professor Samuel Ndubuisi, the Director General of federal government owned Science Equipment Development Institute (SEDI) Enugu, alongside the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ‘AutoEase’Service Limited’, Ifeanyi Okeke, two military officers of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, as well as the police orderly of Chief Udala, among numerous others have been reportedly to have been killed in the last two weeks.
Take a look at the killing of Udala, his murder was so shocking as the incident happened in a broad daylight, in the presence of people at the Eke Agu market in Abatete in Idemili North local government area of the state.
As usual, when Chief Udala left his house that fateful morning, he had no idea if he would not return back alive. It was reported that his killers had ambushed his vehicle close to the market and shot at him at close range, but when they see that their guns could not do the work, they used different means.
According to an eyewitness who simply gave her name as Chioma, she said, “The gunmen shot him many times, but the bullets allegedly could not penetrate his body. That was when they stabbed him with knife and pushed him inside his car as he tried to run away”.
“The hoodlums pushed him into his car and set the car on fire as he struggles to come out from the car. All his struggle to come out from burning car yielded no result as the fire was seriously burning”.
The eyewitness said he later fell off the car door shortly after he was completely burnt. The assassins also killed his driver, and the team manager of his club alongside a policeman and his security detail during the attack.”
As if the killing of Udala and his Aides not enough, and as investigations were ongoing to reveal the motive behind the killing of Udala and his men, suspected cult members clashed in Awka the next day in a daylight operation, the clash leads to the killing of three people.
The suspected cult members operated in a tricycle shot severally at the popular Aroma junction unhindered for more than 20 minutes before they went another area of the state capital where they killed the three people.
The Police spokesperson for the state, Mr. Tochukwu Ikenga, had in a statement revealed that investigations into the various incidents had started. Although the activities of cult groups had become popular in the state, even among secondary school boys, the problem decreased after some communities in Awka formed a security outfit that looked like the dreaded Bakassi Boys which started killing and burning suspected cultists on the streets, which suddenly reduced the operations of cult activities.
As the people of Enugu State were wondering the cause of the increasing insecurity in the state, the Nigerian Army also reportedly lost two of its officers. The Nigerian Army alleged that operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) was responsible for the attack on its camp at Iggah and Asaba checkpoint in Uzo Uwani local government area of the state.
According to the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, he said the late soldiers were posted to the area to tackle the activities of gunmen at ‘Adani community’ where they were attacked and killed by operatives of the ESN.
While some people have said the rising case of insecurity in the area is as a result of cult activities in the state, others accused the ESN, which they claimed that the group is angry over the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.