State of confusion as gunmen kill police sergeant in Imo State
There was pandemonium on Wednesday when gunmen shot a police sergeant, Loveday Obilonu, dead at Okwuuratta in Owerri North Council Area.
Obilonu attached to the Department of Operations of the Police Command headquarters in Owerri, was shot dead at Okwuuratta road of Chukwuma Nwoha Road, Owerri, the state capital.
His corpse was evacuated to Aladinma morgue in Owerri by his elder cousin, Val Okara, with the aid of the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Orji Divisional Police Headquarters.
His corpse was lying inside the gutter as at the the time his cousin and police operatives arrived with an ambulance and evacuated him.
Okara told our correspondent the killing of his relative was suspicious.
He said the slain cop’s two phones had been taken to his wife.
He said he suspected Obilonu was assassinated, urging the police to painstakingly investigate the murder incident.
“I suspect that my younger cousin was assassinated because no less than five bullets were released on his head. He was shot dead inside the gutter, raising suspicion that it might be an assassination.
The police should do a thorough investigation.
“He was my very beloved cousin. He was married with four children and I am pained about his death because he left a very young family.
“I am his marriage god father. He had a very loving wife and I do not know what his wife and children will do now. This is indeed very regrettable.”
He added: “An unexpended bullet was found inside the gutter where his corpse was lying.
“There is every suspicion that it was a murder incident. The murder case has been incidented at the Orji Divisional Police headquarters.”
Police spokesperson, Bala Elkana, said he had not been briefed.
He promised to get back to our correspondent but was yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, there is tension in Owerri metropolis as residents scampered for cover over sporadic shootings around Ikenegbu layout and Cathedral road Owerri, Imo State Tuesday evening.
Douglas Road was also reported to have been enveloped in fear with sustained gunshots by unknown persons
The residents of Orji area of Owerri metropolis also narrated how suspected fleeing gunmen abandoned a Hilux van in the middle of the road and disposed a commercial driver of his mini bus without any harm.
According to an eyewitness, who simply gave his name as David, said the incident occurred around 7:30 pm on Tuesday.
“Nobody was harmed as they appeared as though they were fleeing the small bus to disguise themselves,” he said