Some unknown gunmen suspected to be members of secret cult confraternity, recently shot dead a32-year-old furniture maker, Mr. Boniface Nwogha at Amike Aba Village in Ebonyi LGA of Ebonyi State.
When Citizens’ Advocate visited the area, a resident Mr. Chibuzor Odom said that prior to the incident, some men of whom the deceased was among had an issue with their rival group, by which a man simply identified as Agbenyi had his head broken after he had been thoroughly beaten.
He said that in an action assumed to be reprisal attack, some days later Mr. Nwogha, a father of one whose wife is heavily pregnant was attacked behind Amike Aba Town where he was shot dead.
According to Mr. Odom, on the fateful night when several gunshots were heard, everyone scampered for safety in order to avoid being shot either deliberately or by stray bullet, but stakeholders called in the police who went to the scene only to find Mr. Nwogha in his own blood.
Another resident, Mrs. Chinyere Awuru told Citizens’ Advocate that before the incident, the entire area was peaceful until the fateful evening when people began hear gunshots, they ran helter-skelter.
She blamed both the deceased and his killers for discarding parental instructions and government warning against cultism.
She further expressed concern over the bereaved wife who had been forced into widowhood without a genuine cause and she also advised others who are into cultism to renounce the illegal association.
The victim’s confidant who does not want to be named claimed that late Nwogha was killed by some boys belonging to Mr. Agbenyi cult group, because the deceased was not at loggerhead with anyone before his brutal end.
He suggested that the suspected persons should be properly interrogated and prosecuted if found guilty, so that other persons would learn.
The village head, Chief Dad Enigwe told Citizens’ Advocate that the problem was not unconnected with cult-related matter.
He advised both his subjects and other residents around the area to be law-abiding in order to forestall future occurrence.
Chief Enigwe said, “Immediately I got information about the problem, I contacted some police officers who came to the scene of the incident and evacuated the man’s lifeless body after it had been identified by the bereaved family.”