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Man Shot Dead By Gunmen In Troubled Enugu Community; Ninth Casualty In Two Years

September 12, 2022

Oruku is in the Nkanu East local government area of the state.


Gunmen have reportedly killed again in the troubled Oruku community in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria. 


Oruku is in the Nkanu East local government area of the state.


The victim is a middle-aged man identified as Mr. Chikodili Ngwu from Ameke village in the community.


Ngwu was killed barely three weeks after the President-General of the community's town union, Chief Linus Nwatu, was murdered in cold blood in his house.


Ngwu's death has brought the number of indigenes killed in the community to ninth in two years. 


Sources told SaharaReporters that Ngwu was gunned down at about 8am on Sunday by yet-to-be-identified assailants around the Oruku market square.


It was learnt that the gunmen fled the scene after shooting the victim, causing tension in the area.


However, sources said the incessant killings in Oruku have forced many residents to relocate their families to neighbouring communities and towns such as Idodo, Akpoga, Onuogba and Emene.


The residents, as gathered, are more worried about the inability of the state government and security agencies to bring those behind the bloodletting to justice. Earlier reports said some of the suspects apprehended in connection with past attacks were released without trial, a development that has arguably worsened insecurity in the area.


SaharaReporters had reported that the President-General of the town, Chief Nwatu, a retired police officer, was shot dead in the early hours of Saturday, August 20, 2022, by rampaging gunmen at his residence in Oruku.


Before then, seven other natives of the community including the traditional ruler, Igwe Emmanuel Mba were gruesomely murdered at different times from the year 2020 to 2022.


Efforts to get the reaction of the police were unsuccessful as the Command's spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, did not answer calls from SaharaReporters.