Residents and indigenes of Ogbor Ancient Kingdom in Aba North Local Government Area of Abia State have been thrown into morning as yet-to-be identified young man was shot dead by unidentified gunmen.
The incident which our reporter gathered took place at Uwakwe Street off Ukaegbu Road in Ogbor-Hill axis of the commercial city has thrown the residents of the area into panic.
According to sources within the area who spoke to our reporter anonymously disclosed that the deceased who was said to have visited his parents living on Medical Driver, near the bar where he was killed.
One of the sources also disclosed that the victim would be having his wedding later part of the year, stated that the deceased was the only person that was killed by the gunmen who equally dispossessed others of their belongings.
The source said the residents of the area were gripped by fear when the murder took place because they suspected his killing to be related to the series cult rivalry going on in the city.
“We don’t know the young man, but some persons are saying he came to visit his parents at Medical Drive, which is also within this Ukaegbu Road.
“While reports have it that the young man walked into the bar when the armed men had started operating, other reports has it that he was already seated in the joint when the gunmen struck.
“His killing gave the suspicion that he was being targeted by his assailants who only robbed other people in the vicinity.
I also learnt that he was about to Wed and had came to inform his people who live at Medical Drive before the unfortunate incident.
“Most residents ran into their houses when we heard what happened because we all thought that the cult boys are at it again, but later did we found out that it was one man that was targeted.
“As I speak to you now, nobody is comfortable in our street again, because of fear of the unknown.
“Events surrounding the death of that young man were like a movie to everyone and we don’t know what the security agencies will do next here.
“This is one out of many cases of armed robbery and cult related activities going on in the area that has large youth population,” the source said.
Spokesman of Abia State Police Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with our reporter when contacted.
Ogbonna when further questioned, promised to furnish our full details of the incident, stressing that he was yet-to-be properly briefed on what happened.
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Meanwhile, the corpse of the deceased has been moved away from the street and reportedly deposited at the mortuary as police investigation into the matter was ongoing at the time of filing the report.