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A Day After Buhari’s Visit, Gunmen Set Motorcycle, Vehicle Ablaze In Ebonyi




A group of unknown gunmen has attacked Ebebe Junction in Ebonyi state in a bid to enforce the two-day sit-at-home in the South-East on Friday, May 6.

According to Anayo Chukwuemeka, a resident of the area told Daily Trust, that the gunmen had stormed the junction firing shots sporadically before setting ablaze a vehicle and motorcycle at 6:20 am on Friday.

He said, “It happened in a flash. But when the gunshots died down and we came out, we saw that a vehicle has been burnt beyond recognition.

“The driver of the vehicle, who managed to escape, told us that the gunmen said they are enforcing the sit-at-home declared in protest of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Ebonyi.

“A motorcycle operator, who also escaped the attackers’ gunshots, told us that they fired at him but he miraculously dodged the bullets,” he added.

Mr Simon Onwe, a shop owner in the area, also said that the perpetrators arrived in a car without a license plate, fired sporadically in the air, and then escaped.

“I was still inside my shop because I slept there; I heard the gunmen shooting sporadically but I discovered later that they left a vehicle burnt beyond recognition while a motorcycle operator told us that he narrowly escaped their bullets.

“It’s so unfortunate that we witnessed such an ugly incident in this area that is usually very peaceful and with business activities, especially in evening periods,” he added.

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The State’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mrs. Loveth Odah, stated that she was yet to get a report of the incident.