Gunmen (file photo)
Gunmen raid drinking joint in Enugu, kill pregnant woman, vigilante member
Gunmen, suspected to be cultists, have struck at a drinking joint in Akwuke, Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State, killing a pregnant woman and a vigilante member.
Also hit by the gunshot during the incident on Monday was a secondary school girl, who is now receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
Eyewitnesses said that the gunmen, who were three, stormed the relaxation centre at about 8pm and ordered everybody to lie down. The owner of the joint, who lived in the same compound, had sensed danger and escaped through the back door but his pregnant wife was not so lucky as the men pursued her into her kitchen and shot her dead.
“A young man, whose name was given as Nonso, one of the vigilante members, who was at the joint tried to escape but was also shot dead,” according to SaharaReporter.
The pregnant woman’s maid, who was also assisting in the joint, was shot in the leg and is receiving treatment at a hospital.
Community sources said that the gunmen had earlier gone into a compound in Akwuke and demanded to see a young man, who was not at home, prompting them to come for the owner of the drinking joint, Hon. Felix Onyia, the immediate past counsellor representing Akwuke ward at the Enugu South legislative Assembly.
Eyewitness described the incident as horrific and terrifying.
“I saw everything. I asked the woman to prepare fish for me and I was drinking, waiting for the fish when we heard, “Lie down, all of you.”
NwaGod popularly known as Hon. Onyia was sitting on the other side with Nonso, the vigilante man that was shot. When they told us to lie down, I quickly moved into one of the rooms and from there, I jumped through the window and they saw me but did not shoot me.
It was later I learnt that they shot NwaGod’s wife and shot Nonso, the security man also. They also shot the girl that was serving in the beer parlour.”