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Gunmen kill vigilante, trader in Anambra

Tony Okafor, Awka
Gunmen operating on two motorcycles on Saturday reportedly killed a vigilante and a trader at Nkpor in Anambra State.
They threw one of the victims was into a well.
The victims were identified as Uzochukwu Ezeme (the vigilante) and Chibuzor Ajaetu, a 34-year-old trader.
They were said to have died after the
gunmen opened fire on them, killing one instantly and throwing the other
into a well, where he died.
Tears flowed freely in Okpuno Akauzor
village in Umusiome on Saturday when the body of Ezeme, one of the
victims was brought out from the well where he was dumped by his
Another victim, identified as Ibegbulam, was said to be receiving treatment in a hospital at Nkpor.
Ibegbunam, who was the third victim, said that the gunmen attacked them unprovoked.
He said, “We escaped the scene with
bullet wounds and hid in a bush. But a mobile phone belonging to Ezeme
rang and the gunmen traced him and shot him again half dead and threw
him into a 60 feet local well, where he died.”
Ibegbunam, who narrated the incident
from his sick bed, further said, “I covered myself with leaves while in
pains in the bush until our assailants left before I managed to make a
distress call to relations who came to rescue me and brought me to this
It was gathered that the victims were on
their way to respond to an invitation by some youths to settle a land
dispute between them and another community when they met their death.
The dispute, it was learnt, had claimed
the lives of two policemen and a pregnant woman in 2013 and led to the
destruction of many houses.
 When contacted, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Nkiru Nwode, confirmed the incident.

While stressing that no arrest had been made, Nwode said the perpetrators would be arrested and punished

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