No fewer than eight persons were reportedly killed Thursday at Abakpa Nike, a suburb of the Enugu metropolis as gunmen stormed a local market in the area shooting sporadically and killing people in the process.
According to eyewitnesses, the robbers stormed Ogwuagor Market, popularly known as Ahia 4 around 5 p.m., in a commando-like style and shot at the traders.
One of the eyewitnesses who claimed to have escaped death by a whisker, lamented that his colleague died during the attack.
“I was discussing with my neighbour, a cobbler, when suddenly we heard gunshots. I quickly ran into my shop and after the gunshots had stopped, I came out and saw my friend lying lifeless in the pool of his blood.
“Apart from him, I also counted two other dead bodies within our axis, a young lady and a married woman. Other persons were also killed in different axis of the market,” he said.
Another eyewitness also disclosed that a woman who was driving to the market was shot inside her vehicle.
The police however put the number of the dead at two and the injured at five.
Spokesman of the Enugu State Command, Ebere Amaraizu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), in a statement made available to journalists, said four suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.
“The arrested persons are Peter Nwankwo, Udeh Chimezie, Osita Onyia and one Chief Frank Eze,” Amaraizu said.
“The bodies of one Sunday Eze and Nebechi Mba reported dead have been deposited at the mortuary of the Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu, while the injured, namely Uwadiegwu Onyegwu, Anayo Ifeji, Ani Basil, Hycienth Ugwu and Ozioma Ezekwem are also receiving treatment in a nearby hospital.
“Investigations into the incident have commenced in full scale to ascertain the root cause and those arrested are now helping the police in their investigation.
“The state Commissioner of Police Abubakar Adamu Mohammed has urged members of the public to be law-abiding and to go about their lawful businesses as security has been beefed up in the area to forestall further breakdown of law and order.”