Three person have reportedly been killed as unknown gunmen attacked the vigilante office in Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday evening, Ripples Nigeria reports.
According to the report, seven gunmen, including a woman, attacked the vigilante office in the community around 7 pm on Sunday, killing two operatives, and setting the facility and their vehicles ablaze.
A yet to be identified young boy was also said to have been killed by stray bullet.
The gunmen were also said to have proceeded to the Ozubulu police station, where a Toyota Corolla car parked outside the station was set ablaze.
According to a source in the community, residents who were around the facility took to their heels when the gunmen came, shooting sporadically.
The source said: “The unknown gunmen came in a Toyota Sienna around 6:40 pm and started shooting at the vigilante. They killed two vigilante members. One of the vigilante members killed was their Second-in-Command. The gunmen made sure that the two vigilante members died before they proceeded to the police station. However, a stray bullet hit an unidentified boy who is believed dead.
“When the gunmen got to the police station, the gate of the station was locked. I believe the officers in the station had gotten information and fled. The gunmen who were unmasked jumped the fence of the station opened the gate and drove in. When they didn’t find anyone, they left but on their way out, they set a Toyota Corolla parked outside the station ablaze.”
The Anambra State Police Command spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the development, said the attack on the vigilante office occurred around 7.00 pm.
“The hoodlums who came with a Toyota Sienna vehicle and motorcycles started shooting sporadically. Unfortunately, two yet unidentified persons sustained gunshot injuries,” Ikenga said.