Gunmen Kill Three, Abduct Two In Rivers State

Gunmen Kill Three, Abduct Two In Rivers State

Gunmen has killed three persons and abduct two others in a Rivers State community.

Gunmen suspected to be cultists have killed three persons and abducted two others in Ubeta community in the Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The PUNCH reports that the gunmen invaded the community on Wednesday, April 12 and ransacked it in what appeared to be a reprisal.

They were said to have earlier stormed the same community on Tuesday and abducted two shop owners.

The paramount ruler of the community, Chief Million Jonathan, who confirmed the incident to journalists on Thursday, gave the name of one of the kidnapped shop owners as Chimezie Nebu.

The monarch expressed worry over their health and safety, especially as the hoodlums had yet to contact any of their families three days after they were taken.

Chief Jonathan said the attacks had been recurring in the community without any effort by the government or security operatives.

“I was at home when the news came in the morning that three boys were killed. I have investigated and up till now, I don’t know those who did it. According to the information I received, some of them (deceased) are cultists. Three of them were killed but I don’t know what led to the killing,” he said.

“Three days ago, they kidnapped two people who have shops close to each other. They were in their shops selling when these bad boys with guns came that evening and kidnapped them. Up till now, we don’t know if they are dead or still alive. One of the shop owners is Chimezie Nebu.”

Asked if he had reported the matter to the police, the monarch said he directed the Chairman of the Community Development Committee who was in Port Harcourt at the time to do so.

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He solicited the intervention of the government to put an end to the repeated killings and criminal activities in his community.

“I want the government to come to our aid so that all these killings and kidnappings will stop. These things (activities) have been going on for years now. These boys (hoodlums) took oath sometime and we didn’t hear much of these killings again. I don’t know why they have started now,” he said.

Continuing, the distraught monarch said, “People in most of our communities here, not only Ubeta, have run away because these boys usually operate at night; ransack the communities, shoot and so on. Most of our people can no longer endure the situation because they break into peoples’ houses and steal their properties.”

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