At least two residents of Umuahia, the capital city of Abia State, have been killed during the police attack on Saturday evening, FIJ can report.
Some unknown gunmen had invaded the State’s Criminal Investigation Department at about 6 pm, a source telling FIJ some criminal suspects detained within the police facility on Uzuakoli road escaped during the invasion.
Following the invasion, FIJ learnt that some policemen caused terror within the vicinity of Isigate market area, indiscriminately shooting at passers-by and traders.
“That sporadic shooting led to the death of two people,” said an eyewitness who prefers anonymity.
“It could have been more than that but I can only confirm two. A tricycle driver and another man who manages a boutique were shot.”
He added that “the police officers aimed at the keke driver”.
FIJ learnt that the boutique businessman hailed from Ebonyi State and had just returned from his hometown the previous week.
An Abia-based journalist told FIJ that he gathered that the hoodlums that led the attack on the CID wore regalia designed with charm pods.
“They were both young men and women, displaying their charms” he told FIJ.
“Some were naked and some others held local fowls in their hand and palm fronts in their mouths. Nobody knew where they came from and how they vanished after their attack.”
When FIJ tried to contact Godfrey Ogbonna, the Abia police spokesman, for comments on the two incidents, he didn’t answer his calls and did not reply to a text message sent to him.
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