No fewer than 11 persons, including a former local council chairman and six members of his family were killed by unidentified gunmen at two different locations in Rivers State at the weekend.
It was gathered that the former council boss of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state, simply identified as Christopher, and his family members were killed when armed bandits invaded Obrikom/Obor communities in Obio/Akpor.
Two persons were said to have been wounded in the incident, as gunmen went on shooting spree at about 7:30 p.m. in the area, even as it was gathered that the attack had political undertones.
Meanwhile, a dusk-to-dawn curfew had been declared by the ONELGA boss to forestall any breach of the peace.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed the incident.
Muhammad said no traditional ruler was killed in the attack as rumoured, though he could not confirm the identities of the victims.
The police spokesman disclosed that the residence of an All Progressives Congress, APC, House of Assembly candidate in area, Vincent Ogbagu, was set ablaze by the assailants.
According to him, “it was at about 19:30 hours of yesterday, some unknown armed men invaded Obrikom/Obor communities and went on shooting spree, killing nine, injuring two persons and setting ablaze the house of Vincent Ogbagu, an APC House of Assembly candidate. No traditional ruler was among the victims,” he said.
The PPRO stated that the Command had begun a manhunt for the killers and appealed to the members of the public to assist with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the fleeing culprits.
In a related development, two persons were killed by armed men over a land dispute in Aluu community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
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