Gunmen behead 28-year-old in fresh Rivers violence


Unidentified gunmen Thursday morning attacked Mgbuitanwo community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, the home country of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate in Saturday’s rerun elections, Chief Andrew Uchendu, killing and beheading a 28-year-old man.

The victim, simply identified as Mr. Ukeoma, was shot before he was decapitated by the assailants.

Another resident, Mr. Eruchi, was abducted and taken to an unknown destination.

The Nation quotes an eyewitness, Nwoka James, saying “The assailants entered the community in what is suspected to be a cult reprisal and mercilessly murdered a young man of about 28 years identified as Mr. Ukeoma and abducted one Mr. Eruchi.

“As I am talking with you now people are running away from the community, and I don’t think anybody will be ready to vote by Saturday with what has just happened.”

Thursday’s attack comes after the recent killing of Franklin Obi, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Ward 4 in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area and two members of his family.

Worried at the spate of violence in the oil-rich state, President Muhammadu Buhari declared earlier in the week: “We will deal decisively with all sponsors of violence. I have given the security services clear directives in this regard.

“We will show that violence in any form will no longer be tolerated before, during or after elections.”