Gunmen killed the pregnant wife of Kalu Chima (also known as Oyeku), the Ebubeagu commander in Ama-Etiti village, Etiti community, Afikpo South local government area of Ebonyi state.
The two-man gang reportedly wore face masks during the attack on Sunday.
An eyewitness, who spoke to PUNCH Subway On condition of anonymity, he said the thugs took the commander’s wife outside, shot her in the neck and set the house on fire.
As the fire progressed, the source added that neighbors and bystanders were chased away by the gunmen, who fired sporadically into the air.
It was learned that the incident lasted between 1:30 and 2:00 hours.
State police public relations officer SP Chris Anyanwu said in a statement that the command had launched an investigation into the incident.
The statement read: “A report filed by CSP Ayodele Umujose, Division Police Officer, Afikpo-South Division, Ebonyi State, says that Ama-Etiti Amaoso Edda youth leader Nnachi Mba reported that around 02 :30 a.m. on January 1. In 2023, Afikpo-South Ebubeagu commander Oyeku Kalu Chima’s home in Owutu Edda was attacked and burned down, while his wife, Urenwa Kalu Chima, was shot dead.
“It has not been established in the meantime, who perpetrated the dastardly act. However, the said commander of Ebubeagu alleged that it was an Ashango and his cohorts who did it.
“Police Commissioner, Ebonyi State Police Command, CP Aliyu Garba, has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation/Intelligence Department to launch an immediate investigation to unravel those behind the crime.” .