Gunmen have allegedly killed two security men at St Joseph’s Cathedral Church in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
They were reportedly killed for attending a prayer session organised by the state Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo at the church during Monday’s sit-at-home order.
The incident occurred a few hours after the prayer session.
However, the state police command spokesman, Ikenga Tochukwu, who confirmed the incident, said only one person was killed.
He said the hoodlums invaded the area around 10.30 pm on Monday, April 4, 2022, shooting non-stop along the road close to Aguata LGA Secretariat before the bullet hit one of the Church security men.
Tochukwu said no arrest had been made but the command had deployed more forces to the area.
He said investigations were still on, adding the command would not relent in making sure the perpetrators were apprehended.
An eyewitness, who spoke with journalists, said the police were wrong to have said only one person was killed.
The source further said the hoodlums invaded the area without any challenge from anywhere.
The development has heightened tension following the incessant killings in Anambra State since last Thursday.
People said members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, had warned on Sunday that people should not come out on Monday for any prayer session as directed by Governor Soludo.
However, the Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, countered the directive, saying it did not emanate from the group.