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  • Updated: May 24, 2022

Militants Kill Pregnant Woman With Four Children, Others In Anambra

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Suspected militants of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have reportedly killed a pregnent woman, her four children and six others, at Isulo, Orumba North Local Government Area, Anambra State.

According to Daily Trust, the killings mark a new low in the heightened attacks on non-indigenes by IPOB terrorists who are also attacking the symbol of authority including the police and the military.

Natives of Anambra State and the Southeast, in general, have not also been spared by the IPOB terrorists who have been wreaking havoc for a long time amid agitation for secession.

However, 48 hours after the Sunday’s killing of the northerners without any provocation, the story has not been told by any of the national print and broadcast media despite wide coverage by the social media, with graphic photos of the mayhem and condemnation by security operatives, groups and individuals over what they called “conspiracy of silence.”

The killing of the northerners was perpetrated by the outlawed group a few days after the discovery of the head of an Anambra State lawmaker who was abducted by the terrorists.

Sunday’s Carnage

The Sarkin Hausawa of Orunba North LGA, Alhaji Sa’id Muhammad, on Monday decried that northerners in Anambra State have made up their minds to leave the state because of the constant killing of their relatives by members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the armed wing of the outlawed IPOB.

Muhammad told Daily Trust that the killing of the pregnant woman together with her four children by gunmen was not new to them as many of his people were killed in such a callous manner.

“The woman was from Adamawa State. Before her death, she lived in Orumba South, and on Sunday, she visited her friends with her four children.

“It was on her way back home in Orumba South that she was killed.

"She was being conveyed by a commercial motorcyclist when they were ambushed by the gunmen.

"They murdered her and her four children but the motorcyclist escaped,” he said.

In a gory video trending on Twitter sighted by AllNews Nigeria, the victims are seen lying in the pool of their blood with bullets spread around and a narrator speaking in Igbo saying, “Everybody should look at this video that they have shot a woman and her four children.

"They are from the North. And they are shooting everybody they see on the street; so people should be careful.”

Mohammed said another man, Abdullahi, who was selling roasted meat by the roadside at Nnanka, was also killed at his suya spot.

“His body was by the roadside since Sunday evening until in the afternoon on Monday when I called the police DPO and informed him about it and requested him to help us recover the remains.

“He told me that he cannot send his men there because of the sit-at-home order.

"We are now planning to leave for the North as we can no longer stay here…They are killing us on daily basis,” he said.

He said his younger brother, Aliyu, was also killed two months ago in a similar manner.

Some trucks conveying goods to the South were also set ablaze in Anambra at the weekend and the drivers and other occupants were killed, injured or disappeared without a trace.

Some truck drivers of northern extraction said that they are now operating with fear in the South East region.

Adamu Shu’aibu, who works with a private company in the region said that the rate at which the militants were attacking and killing drivers was alarming.

“I lost many of my colleagues to the nefarious activities of the terrorists and the killings are not being reported.

"Many of our colleagues have abandoned the driving job. The gunmen mostly attack drivers on some routes that have few or no security personnel.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ikenga Tochukwu, could not confirm the incidents, saying the details were sketchy.

He said the command would talk about the incidents when they receive a clear picture of what transpired.

However, a senior police officer who did not want to be named confirmed the Isulo attack.

‘Communities Shielding Criminals’ Says Police

The Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, Echeng E. Echeng, Monday, accused communities in the state of shielding criminals in their midst.

He stated this while briefing journalists on the murder of the Anambra State lawmaker, Okechukwu Okoye, and his aide, Cyril Chiegboka.

He said available information and records of arrests made in the state showed otherwise, accusing the communities of shielding the criminals in their midst.

 

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Zaccheus Ukhueleigbe
Zaccheus Ukhueleigbe

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