Protests erupted in Imo State on Monday after gunmen believed to be operatives of the Ebubeagu Security Organization opened fire and killed seven wedding guests.
The incident, which occurred on Monday, threw Imo State into a state of panic.
The victims were on their way back from Awomama in neighboring Oru West LGA to their community Otulu in Oru East Local Government Area of the state when the gunmen opened fire on them.
The General Chairman of Otulu community, Nnamdi Agbor, who spoke with our correspondent, said seven persons died on the spot.
The community leader said, “Our people came back around 7pm after a traditional wedding in Awo Omamma.
“Ebubeagu workers saw them on motorcycles and opened fire on them.
“This is very unfortunate. Our people are angry. They are protesting. There was no reason for the killing. They were on their way home when the Ebubeagu security force opened fire on them. Such a thing has never happened before.
“We reported the incident to the security forces. The police chief and the commander of the 34th Artillery Brigade, Obinze, have visited us. The DPO is also supporting us. I reported the murder to the deputy who represents us in parliament.
“The celebrant is Chijioke Nnanna. Those arrested are Uchenna Orjiribeka, Chido Ekesinachi and Nnamdi Ekesinachi. In the hospital are Oluebube Agbor and ThankGod Iheukwumere. Those killed are Chigozie Obinwa, Ozioma, Chikere Anyadioha, Ifechi Ekesinachi, Emeka Ekesinachi, Aboy Ihegboro and Chijindu. Five people are still missing.”
When asked, police spokesman Micheal Abattam confirmed the incident and said investigations have been launched.