On Friday, gunmen killed a former Commissioner of Rural Development there Enugu StateSouth East Nigeria.
The victim, Gab Onuzulike, was shot dead along with his brother while returning from a burial ceremony at Nkpokolo-River in Oji River Local Government Area of the state.
Mr. Onuzulike is a former chairman of the board.
The ex-commissioner and his brother were ambushed with guns.
The Enugu State Police Spokesperson, Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
Mr Ndukwe said the gunmen “infiltrated from the neighboring Anambra community of Oji-River” before killing the former commissioner and his brother on Friday.
He said a joint security team launched an anti-attack operation in response to a distress call about the attack.
“The team quickly responded to a distress call following the incident and apprehended the armed men from Inyi Community of the council, who were fleeing to Anambra,” he said.
The police spokesman said that the two armed joint security operatives – made up of police and army officials – were killed.
He said a Toyota Land Cruiser SUV that was earlier taken from the victims was recovered.
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According to police, an AK-47 rifle with two magazines loaded with ammunition, a Toyota Camry SUV and a RAV4 SUV used by the gunmen were among the items recovered in the operation.
“Meanwhile, the hunt for the assailants, many of whom fled into a nearby forest with serious gunshot wounds in the ensuing duel, was due to the superior firepower of the joint team,” Mr Ndukwe said.
Enugu, like other states in southeastern Nigeria, has seen a recent surge in deadly attacks.
The latest incident comes just three weeks after the gunmen hostage some returning university students and other travelers in Ekwegbe, a community in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of the state.
in october an army checkpoint was attacked by the army in Amodu Awkunanaw, a community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State. Two people were believed to have died in the attack.
In early October, two people, including a police officer, they were killed when gunmen attacked the headquarters of the Inyi Police Division in Oji River Local Government Area.
Gunmen, in September, he killed his wife Umuopu, Enugu-Ezike, of a local operational vigilance chief in Umuopu community in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state.
A few days later, the gunmen too he killed three policemen in New Haven, Enugu North Local Government Area of the state.
Earlier in September, the gunmen He attacked members of the Labor Party (LP). they were holding a meeting in Awgu Community, Awgu Local Government Area of the state.
Some members of the LP were also attacked on August 31 in Nenwe, a community in Aninri Local Government Area of the state.
Gunmen, in June, attacked a police checkpoint along Agbani road in Enugu South Local Government Area of the state. Two officers were believed to be dead in attack
There was a policeman die in mid-June, gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in a community in Nsukka Local Government Area of Ibagwa-Ani State.
There were also two policemen die on June 2 when they attacked Mkpamte Community in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state.
The attacks, mostly targeting security officials and government facilities, have been blamed on lawlessness by the indigenous people of Biafra, who are agitating for a sovereign state for the Igbo speakers in the Southeast.
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