Police deny deaths as three feared killed in Rivers

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Dennis Naku, Port Harcourt

Three persons were feared dead after gunmen invaded Omoku communities in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State on Friday.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the gunmen trailed their targets to Okposi and a popular hotel in Omoku, the council headquarters.

A native of the area, Peter Okwosa, told journalists that the victims were suspected to be members of a vigilance group, Onelga Security Peace Advisory Council, adding that they were attacked at different locations in the area.

He said the incident took place in Okposi and Egi communities, even as he called on the police and the vigilance group to re-strategise to forestall future attacks.

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Okwosa said, “The incident happened on Thursday entering Friday. They killed one person at Okposi community, close to Omoku, and the rest at Egi clan in Onelga. They were gunshot victims and we condemn the killings because we found out that apart from them, three other persons were also injured.”

The resident, however, said the police responded to a distress call and prevented further attacks.

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He solicited increased collaboration between the police and the vigilance group to check criminal activities in the area.

“We are calling on the police and the OSPAC leadership to re-strategise to ensure that they tackle insecurity and fish out the killers. The police can do the tracking, while OSPAC does the follow-up,” he added.

A spokesman for the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, said what was reported was the kidnap of two persons from a hotel in the area.

“The Divisional Police Officer said two persons were kidnapped from a hotel in Omoku, but that there has been no official report on killings. May be as we progress, I will let you know of any development,” Omoni, a Superintendent of Police, added.

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