The President General of Abagana Welfare Union, Ben Okongwu has issued a condemnation of the bloody invasion of the town by unknown gunmen on Friday night.
According to Okongwu, about 30 persons invaded Abagana, the headquarters of Njikoka Local Government Area (LGA), Anambra State, around 10.30 pm in a Gestapo style and shot sporadically at people and properties.
“Preliminary reports had it that at the end of the invasion, four men were confirmed dead, three of whom were members of the Abagana vigilante group while one was a tricycle (Keke) drive,” Okongwu said.
“The only police station in the town was also burnt down while the community’s vigilante office block was also torched,” he added.
In a statement, Okongwu expressed sadness at the attack on Abagana where “gunfires which rained as pellets were heard all over the town, even though the major incident took place around Ezi Nobert/ Secretariat part of the community.”
“Reports confirmed that along the line in course of the shooting spree, a very loud explosive sound like that of a bomb was heard and it was suspected to be the sound of dynamite that set the police station ablaze,” the statement continued
“The three vigilante operatives, who lost their lives were said to have died in active service, while trying gallantly, to protect their community from the menace of marauders,” the statement continued.
Okongwu said his town felt highly vulnerable and called on the Anambra state government and all security agencies to come to the rescue of Abagana.
He added that the central executive of the Abagana Welfare Union is awaiting a more comprehensive report of the incident from the town’s vigilante director.
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