UPDATE: Policeman, another killed by gunmen in Onitsha


By Vincent Ujumadu

Awka– BARELY one week after a gunman attacked worshippers at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, gunmen again yesterday struck in the commercial town of Onitsha, killing a policeman and a civilian near the Assemblies of God Church along Oguta road in the heart of the town.

An eyewitness said that the gunmen had sighted the policemen close to the church and opened fire on them, which made other policemen to abandon their patrol vehicle to run to safety.
It was gathered that when the policemen ran away, the gunmen moved to the police patrol van and collected the gun allegedly belonging to the policeman they killed.

Another person who told Vanguard that he was an eyewitness, said the gunmen were riding a motorcycle when the one sitting at the back shot a policeman and collected his rifle and also shot another Okada man while escaping.

Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar confirmed the incident, explaining that it was not targeted at the church.

The CP said: “My men were on patrol near the church when they were attacked by some gunmen. It was not an attack on the church, in the real sense of it”.
He also confirmed that the hoodlums took away a rifle belonging to the slain cop.



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