Gunmen suspected to be operatives of Ebubeagu Security outfit have allegedly killed seven wedding guests in Imo State.
The victims, according to The Nation, were returning to their community in Otulu in Oru East Local Government Area from Awomama in the neighbouring Oru West LGA before they were intercepted and killed on Sunday.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Micheal Abattam, said investigation was ongoing on the incident.
The President General of Otulu community, Nnamdi Agbor, who confirmed the incident, said: “Our people were coming back from Awo Omamma around 7pm after a traditional wedding. Ebube Agu operatives saw them in motorcycles and opened fire on them.
“As I speak to you, we have recovered seven dead bodies who are our people. Five are missing. Two are critically injured and hospitalised while the other person who sustained minor injuries has been discharged.
“This is very unfortunate. Our people are angry. They are protesting. There was no cause for the killing. They were just riding home when the Ebubeagu Security outfit opened fire on them. This has never happened before.
“We have reported the incident to the security agents. The commissioner of police and the commander of the 34 Artillery Brigade Command Obinze have visited. The DPO is also assisting. I have reported the killing to the member representing us at the National Assembly.
“The celebrant is Chijioke Nnanna. Those arrested are Uchenna Orjiribeka, Chido Ekesinachi and Nnamdi Ekesinachi. Those in the hospital are Oluebube Agbor and Thank God Iheukwumere. Those who were killed are, Chigozie Obinwa, Ozioma, Chikere Anyadioha, Ifechi Ekesinachi, Emeka Ekesinachi , Aboy Ihegboro and Chijindu. Five persons are still missing.”