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  • Updated: April 18, 2024

Anambra: Gunmen in tinted vehicle murder traffic officer on duty

Anambra: Gunmen in tinted vehicle murder traffic officer on

On Thursday morning, unidentified gunmen assassinated a traffic warden from Anambra Road Traffic Management Agency (ARTMA) in Awka, the state capital.

According to SaharaReporters, the shooters killed the ARTMA officer while driving a Toyota Sienna with tinted glasses.

The source, who spoke with SaharaReporters claimed the incident occurred in the blink of an eye, told SaharaReporters that the traffic warden stopped the car and, as he was about to question the occupants, one of them pulled out a gun and shot him in the head, and the car sped away while people in the area fled for safety.

According to her, the ARTMA officer's killers may be cultists, as another person whose identity she could confirm was slain at the SU Junction in Awka's Ifite region on Wednesday. However, ARTMA has not issued an official comment on the event.

Furthermore, SaharaReporters noted that attempts to elicit a response from the police failed, as the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, read a message given to him for comment on the occurrence but did not answer as of the time of publishing this report.

Meanwhile, gunmen suspected of being cultists murdered one person at the famed Aroma intersection in Awka, Anambra State's capital while making residents scamper for safety during the attack. 

The shooting on Wednesday evening sparked chaos, prompting shopkeepers in the vicinity to hurriedly lock their stores and flee for safety.

The victim believed to be from Amudo Village in Awka was a tricycle revenue collector who had previously worked as a Keke operator.

According to a source, the assailants followed him from the Ifite area of the state capital and shot him at close range at a filling station that also serves as a popular bus and tricycle stop. Businesses in the vicinity were compelled to lock their doors, while street vendors abandoned their wares and dispersed.    

The major routes around the event became suddenly empty, as many people abandoned their cars and fled as the victim's dead body was still lying at the fueling station when this report was filed.

Awka has been experiencing cult-related crimes for some time, with gangs murdering their rivals in broad daylight.

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