Gunmen suspected to be hired assassins yesterday stormed Inikiri-Umuezeoka Effium in Ohaukwu council area of Ebonyi State killing 74 -year-old Nwigwe Nwonu and injuring one of his sons identified as Monday Nwonu.
It was gathered that the hoodlums gained entrance into the compound of the deceased at exactly 1 a.m in the morning, demanding the whereabouts of one of the sons of the deceased before leaving sorrows behind while they fled the community.
A family source disclosed that the hoodlums stormed the compound with dangerous weapons including Ak47 rifle and shot sporadically in the air to scare people away before they unleashed mayhem on the man and his son.
The source further stated that the gunmen came asking after one of the sons of the deceased who is a community based businessman who had earlier upon hearing the sounds of the firearms of the attackers sneaked out of the compound to safety.
Apparently frustrated for missing the target, the gunmen shot the septuagenarian for failing to provide the target, his son and shot another son of his, before fleeing the community.
When our reporter visited the community, residents of the area were thrown into mourning as they were seen discussing in groups and many of them said the attack was an assassination attempt targeted at either one of two sons of the deceased or an armed robbery attack on the family.
Meanwhile, policemen attached to Effium Police Division were alerted and they came to the scene of the attack and took the boy who was shot by the gunmen to the hospital and evacuated the body of the deceased while investigation into the incident has commenced.


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