Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt
Some gunmen have killed the Community Development Committee Chairman of Choba in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Lawrence Igwe, and one Chief Oriji Azu.
Igwe and Azu were shot dead in two separate operations carried out by the unidentified gunmen, who forcefully gained entrance into their victims’ houses.
The two persons were killed on Saturday in their homes along Igbogo Road in the Choba community.
It was gathered that Igwe was shot twice by his assailants and died few minutes after he was rushed to the hospital.
The gunmen, according to a source, shattered some glass windows in the one-storey building, where the CDC chairman lived.
Southern City News also learnt that the windscreen of the late Igwe’s car was also shattered by the intruders.
Speaking on the incident, the Paramount Ruler of the Choba community, Eze Raymond Okocha, said the gunmen also threw an explosive device at his gate as they tried unsuccessfully to gain entrance into his residence.
Okocha expressed the belief that the killings in Choba were no longer cult-related, but obvious assassination of some persons.
He said, “The killings in the Choba community are no longer as a result of cultism. Dynamite was thrown at my gate by the gunmen in order to gain entrance. They killed my CDC chairman and one of my chiefs.
“Some other persons sustained injuries. So, it is no longer a cult war. They were (the killings) we were not expecting, because nobody was fighting. The police came in the night when the gunmen were already gone.”
Okocha called on security agencies to beef up security in the area to prevent further killings in the community.
“There should be 24-hour security patrol in the community so as to avoid further attacks and killings by gunmen,” the traditional ruler stressed.
Choba had in the past recorded some violent crimes as different cults clashed with one other.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the killings of two persons in Choba.
Omoni explained that the two persons were killed by unidentified gunmen, who forcefully entered their houses in the night.
The spokesperson added that the state Police Command had begun investigation into the incidents with a view to apprehending those behind the dastardly acts.