Two members of the Ebubeagu security outfit have been shot dead by unknown gunmen at the popular Ebebe junction, along Ogbaga road in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
In Enugu, three policemen were shot dead by unknown gunmen at Agbani, headquarters of Nkanu West Local Government of the state.
The incident, happened this Saturday at a roundabout near the Agbani Divisional Police station.
In Ebonyi, the killings took place on Friday night, amid reports that others were injured and there was pandemonium as those around the area fled in all directions.
Curiously, too, the Ebonyi incident took place few metres away from the Police Headquarters and the Old Government House, Abakaliki.
There has been a groundswell of opposition to the activities of the Ebubeagu Security outfit in Ebonyi State, especially among opposition political parties, which see the South-East security outfit as enforcers for the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state.
The police officers were on stop-and-search duty when they were attacked.
A day earlier, a former Commissioner in the state and Oji-River Local government’s chairman, Chief Gabriel Onuzulike and his elder brother were killed at their Nkpokolo-Achi hometown by gunmen.
The Police say they have killed two of the men who killed the former Commissioner and his brother.
A statement from the Enugu Police Command reads: “Pending the receipt of a detailed report, kindly be informed that preliminary report reveals that two (2) of the assailants, said to have infiltrated into Oji-River from neighbouring Anambra State community, in the evening hours of 18/11/2022, that attacked and murdered one Gabriel Onuzulike (identified as former Chairman of Oji-River LGA and Commissioner in Enugu State Government) and his brother at Nkpokolo-Achi in Oji-River LGA, were neutralized by a Joint Police/Army Team, who swiftly responded to a distress call on the incident and intercepted the hoodlums at Inyi community of the same LGA, as they were escaping into Anambra State.”