Residents of Awomama and Otulu communities of Imo State were terrified and left in agony over the weekend after gunmen killed seven wedding guests who were returning to their homes.
The incident Naija News learnt happened on Sunday.
The assailants according to reports made available to newsmen, were suspected to be operatives of the Ebubeagu Security outfit.
It was said that the victims were returning to their community in Otulu in the Oru East Local Government Area of the state from Awomama in the neighbouring Oru West LGA when they were ambushed by the gunmen.
The President General of Otulu community, Nnamdi Agbor who spoke to The PUNCH on the incident said that seven persons died on the spot.
“Our people were coming back from Awo Omamma around 7pm after a traditional wedding.
“Ebubeagu operatives saw them in 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 critically injured and hospitalised, 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,” The PUNCH quoted Agbor as saying.
He explained further that the incident has been reported to the security agents and that the state commissioner of police and the commander of the 34 artillery Brigade command Obinze have visited the scene.
“The DPO is also assisting. I have reported the killing to the member representing us at the parliament.
“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, Emeka Ekesinachi, Aboy Ihegboro and Chijindu. Five people are still missing,” Agbor revealed further.
When contacted, the Police Spokesperson, Micheal Abattam told newsmen that an investigation had begun on the incident.