The Enugu State Police Command says it arrested two vigilantes for allegedly killing 22-year-old Philip Okoro at Nkpologwu community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area
In a statement issued by the Command’s spokesperson, Daniel Ndukwe, on Friday in Enugu, the police said that the alleged shooting took place on June 29.
The statement said the victim was rushed to the hospital after the shooting and later confirmed dead on June 30, at about 3:00 p.m. by doctors on duty.
Ndukwe said the deceased’s corpse has been deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy, and that the state Commissioner of Police, Lawal Abubakar, had ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to conduct a full-scale investigation into the case.
“Consequently, two members of the Vigilante Group directly linked to the shooting and murder of the victim have been arrested.
“They include one Annene Idu alleged to have shot the deceased, and Chijioke Ezugwu, the Chief Security Officer of the Local Government Area, said to have led the Vigilante Group members to the scene of the incident to arrest hard drugs dealers.
“Additionally, the pump action gun used for the act has been recovered as well,” he said.
The spokesperson also revealed that in a protest over the death of the victim, an angry mob set ablaze the house of the team leader of the vigilante group.
“However, the fire was put out by police operatives, who swiftly mobilised to the scene on receipt of a distress call, before the building could be burnt down,” he said.
The police spokesperson said that normalcy has been restored in the area.