Gunmen have razed Inyi police station in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State and killed two policemen.
The gunmen also killed a councillor representing Unadu Town in Igbo Eze South Local Government, Enugu State, simply identified as Hon. Lucky.
The councillor was said to have been killed in his village on Saturday by unidentified assailants.
The gunmen stormed the police station on Sunday morning, setting it ablaze.
Eyewitness account said the gunmen were chanting “No election and police in Biafra land.”
One of the two people killed was said to havd been a police officer on duty when the hoodlums attacked the station.
A viral video of the incident showed a building being used as a police station on fire and the bodies of two young men lying by the perimeter fence of the station.
Voices in the background of the video identified one of the bodies as that of a policeman while it was not clear whether or not the second body was a policeman.
Some voices identified the two victims as policemen but another person said he could only identify one of them as a policeman attached to the station.
A resident of Arum Inyi where the police station is located confirmed the attack.
The source, who noted that he left the community on Saturday for Enugu, said: “I got information from my community a few hours ago that unknown gunmen attacked the police station in my town, and that they killed one police officer. Right now I don’t have further details.”
A security alert being circulated on social media platforms in the Enugu capital warned residents of Inyi and Achi in Oji River; Ufuma, Umunze and Ajalli in Orumba North and South in Anambra and Arondiizogu Imo State to be careful and security conscious in their areas because of the resurgence of gunmen activities.
The alert reads: “Warning! Achi, Inyi, Oji River, Ufuma, Umunze, Ajalli, Arondiizogu those axis are facing security challenges, Ngwo Iri sons & daughters, lets always be security cautious and avoid night movement, above all always commit our going out and coming in into the blood of Almighty Jesus Christ the saviour.”
Efforts to get the reaction of Enugu Police Command on the incidents were not successful.
“It Is The Turn Of Ndi Enugu” – Frank To Residents As APGA Storms More Markets In Enugu
Frank Nweke Jr, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Enugu State, on Thursday charged traders in Ogbete and Afia 9 markets, Enugu, to take ownership of the next government in Enugu State by voting in APGA in the forthcoming election.
Nweke who told traders and buyers that APGA’s mission was to liberate the State from the shackles of bad governance unleashed by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reiterated the history of the APGA as one founded on the Igbo principle of shared prosperity with the great Odumegwu Ojukwu as a founding father.
In agreement with the concerns raised by the people, Nweke noted the absence of potable water, rising insecurity, non-payment of salaries and pensions, unavailability of jobs and the deepening economic crisis under the PDP-led administration.
He assured the people of his administration’s commitment to tackling the issues that directly affect them and urged them to become a part of the process by ensuring that they refuse to sell their votes to the highest bidders.
“When you sell your votes, you have given looters your own position in the government and you will lose your voice for the next four years. It is your turn to be in government. APGA will make the government house the People’s Building” Nweke said.
Several residents, traders and buyers alike present in the market spoke with hope and a firm resolve to see a new future in Enugu under APGA.
An octogenarian who said he worked together with former President Obasanjo at 58 Ibadan Street Ebute-Metta West, as the head of Electrical Engineering in his Department, said that God will remove all the obstacles from Nweke’s way if he is the Lord’s anointed.
“I was shuttling between Lagos and Abuja when Frank Nweke Jr served as Minister and for me personally, his antecedents made me want him to serve as Governor. We elders are praying that God should crown someone with conscience. I pray that God removes all obstacles from Frank Nweke Jr in Jesus’ name,” he prayed.
Ogechi Godfrey, Chinonso Uzoma and Okey Morocco expressed unflinching support for Nweke whom they said is their choice as Governor due to his simplicity, honesty and good track record.
Madam Joy, a clothes retailer, said that the market women group she belongs to had been pressured to join the PDP, but that they have remained resilient. She therefore affirmed her total support for Nweke stressing that the APGA flag bearer is their own.
Charity Njoku, a trader said she knows APGA flag bearer as a man with a kind heart and that he is the sort of person that will bring the change that many have thought impossible.
Ms. Ofoka, a fruit seller and Ginika Mbah a meat seller expressed support for Frank Nweke Jr adding that with him as Governor, a big change in Enugu State would be evident.
“Frank Nweke Jr should remember us when he gets to office as Governor. He should provide water and power for us. He is one of us, so we are solidly behind him,” said Ms. Onyekperem.
APGA’s Frank Nweke Jr At Ugwu Peak
“The power we seek is to secure the future for our children here”
Kunie! Ka anyi dozie Enugu.
Reclaiming Our Identity: Politics And Development In Igboland
The big day is tomorrow!
The Igbo identity is gradually morphing into an entity without the will or propulsion to claim what is rightfully ours.
Join Frank Nweke Jr tomorrow from 11am as he shares his perspectives on Reclaiming Our Identity: Politics and Development in Igboland.
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023.
Venue: Princess Alexandra Auditorium, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Get ready for deep introspection and a rousing call to restore a lost glory.