Following fresh security concerns in Enugu, four persons, including a councillor were reportedly shot dead yesterday in renewed cult related killings. The victims were killed at different points. Two were killed in the morning hours at Adelabu and Peter Okoye Streets, in Uwani Area of Enugu while another was killed at Onu-Asata in the afternoon.
The fourth, a councilor in one of the local government areas of the state was killed in the evening at One Day Road, Awkunanaw. The assailants were said to have operated in cars instead of motorcycles. The killings were coming just as the police said they were intensifying efforts in the hunt for the kidnappers of the vice-chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Prof. Cyprian Onyeji. Onyeji was abducted by unknown gunmen who ambushed him at the gate of the Agbani campus of the institution,
Wednesday. Although, the police did not confirm a N200m ransom said to have been demanded by the kidnappers, they confirmed that the vice chancellor’s vehicle in which he was whisked away was recovered intact. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Enugu State Command, Ebere Amaraizu said the police were on top of the situation, saying, they have spread their dragnets in hunt of the abductors.
He said the police were yet to determine if the kidnap was a fallout of the ongoing cult war or one perpetrated by an established kidnap syndicate. The police spokesperson however refused to give details of its findings so far, insisting that such disclosures could jeopardise investigation. Amaraizu also confirmed the killings in cult-related violence, saying that the police were investigating the killings.
Said he; “The command is currently investigating a case of murder at Asata involving one Nwaokolo Nnamdi as well as that of Uwani, but we are yet to establish as to whether it has cult involvement.
The killings by rival cult groups in Enugu, which appeared to have died down after several people were killed about two months ago, resumed at the weekend in the Abakpa Nike area of the capital. The killings were part of the reasons for the ban on the use of motorcycle in the state capital.