Gunmen kill two soldiers, one civilian at Ebonyi checkpoint

Gunmen kill two soldiers, one civilian at Ebonyi checkpoint
Charles Nwoke, Abakaliki, Nigeria
April 27, 2021 
…as hoodlums burn a section of Federal High Court, Abakaliki

Above image courtesy of local sources, fair use. 

Fear grip Ebonyi State residents, following the shooting of two soldiers and a civilian at a military checkpoint located at the Afikpo axis of the State.

The unknown gunmen shot the two soldiers and the civilian at a checkpoint on the Timber Junction area, in Afikpo North Local Government Area Council of the state, a source said. Adding that the incident happened on Monday night, revealed that

Those injured as a result of the unfortunate incident were rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment while the dead victims were deposited at the hospital.

According to reports, the victims were attacked at about 8:48 pm on a penultimate day as their riffles were reportedly carted away. Other soldiers at the Checkpoint ran into the bush scampering for safety.

A resident of the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the gunmen arrived at the checkpoint in a white bus and as the military men stopped them for a search, they opened fire on them.

He went further to state that the situation threw the two busy towns of Amasiri and Afikpo into fear, as natives especially petty traders hurriedly packed their goods and went home.

“It’s a very sad situation here. They said it was people suspected to gunmen, who came to the checkpoint at Timber Shade (boundary Ehugbo and Amasiri) in a white bus.”

“As usual, it appeared the military was checking them and all of a sudden, they opened fire on them. Two of the military men, a man, and a woman, died. Others ran away,” He continued, and then noted the eery quiet to fall.

“The area is as quiet as the graveyard. These bordering villages used to be very busy and people here are farmers and traders. But the moment that happened, people started going home. Nobody is seen outside as I speak to you. Every place is calm. There is fear here now. My brother, the world is about to end,” the source narrated.

A reliable security source who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident at the time of filing this report.

When the reporter visited the scene of the event, the place was deserted.

Reports said, the DPO of Afikpo North Local Government Area Council Division of the Nigerian Police is said to be aware of the incident but has not yet briefed the Public Relations Department of the Ebonyi State Police Command.

This is coming barely 10 days after three police officers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the state.

In a related development, a section of the Federal High Court in Abakaliki is said to have been set ablaze by unidentified persons in the early hours of Tuesday, with the court documents burnt.