The highway in Imo leading from Owerri the state capital to Onitsha in Anambra state was temporarily blocked on Monday July 18 by mammoth irate mourners from Otulu community in Oru East government area who were protesting the brutal murder of their sons that attended a traditional wedding ceremony in the nearby community of Awo-Omamma and were on their way back when armed security operatives” alleged to be operatives of the Imo state owned Ebubeagu security outfit opened fire on them killing seven on the spot with five missing but later recovered dead and few orders mortally injured.
The President General of Otulu community incident Sir Nnamdi Agbor who spoke to our reporter about the incident said that the unsavory incident happened on Sunday ,July 17 when the victims mostly young males and females were going back to their community in Otulu in Oru West local government from Awo-Omamma in Oru in the neighbouring Oru East local government the esculents opened.
The community leader said ” our people were coming back from Awo Omamma around 7pm after a traditional wedding. Ebube Agu operatives saw them on 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 critical injuried and hospitalized while the other person who sustained minor injury 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 parliament in Imo state.
“The celebrant is Chijioke Nnanna. Those arrested are Uchenna Orjiribeka, Chido Ekesinachi and Nnamdi Ekesinachi. Those in the hospital are Oluebube Agbor and ThankGod Iheukwumere. Those who were killed are, Chigozie Obinwa, Ozioma, Chikere Anyadioha, Ifechi Ekesinachi
5. Emeka Ekesinachi , Aboy Ihegboro and Chijindu. Five persons are still missing.”
When contacted, the Police Spokesperson, Micheal Abattam, confirmed the incident and disclosed that investigation had begun.