…Assassinate football Chairman, Manager
Unknown gunmen went berserk last week, killing two soldiers in Enugu State and three policemen in Anambra.
Reports reaching The Leader said the soldiers were shot dead at Adani in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State at the early hours of Tuesday, July 13.
The military men who are part of the troops posted to the area to reduce activities of gunmen were murdered at Iggah/Asaba checkpoint, along Nsukka-Adani-Anambra Federal Highway.
An indigene of the area, said the gunmen dismembered bodies of the soldiers after killing them.
Confirming the attack, in a statement, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, stated that “Nigerian Army troops deployed to checkmate the activities of gunmen at Adani community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, on Tuesday 13 July 2021, repelled Eastern Security Network (ESN) gun attack on troops’ location at Iggah/Asaba checkpoint.
“Sadly, during the fire fight that ensued, two soldiers paid the supreme price. Troops are currently on the trail of the criminals”.
“We assure the general public of our commitment to provide adequate security in the general area in collaboration with other security agencies.
“We also urge members of the public to complement the effort of the security agencies by remaining law abiding and provide useful information on the fleeing gunmen.”
In a related development, five persons, three of them policemen, have been shot dead in Anambra State by some gunmen.
Three vehicles were set ablaze by the assailants, who stormed Abatete, Idemili North local government area Tuesday night, July 13.
A source who narrated the incident said the hoodlums came to the community with two Highlander SUVs and one Sienna car
The incident happened in the Eke-Agu area of the community.
When contacted, police spokesman, Ikenga Tochukwu, said he had not received any information on the incident. But another senior police officer confirmed the incident, though he refused to provide details.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian football family was thrown into mourning mood on Wednesday, July 14, following the killing of the chairman of Udala FC, Philip Udala and the club manager, Godsent Eriobu by unknown gunmen in Anambra State.
The duo were killed at Eke-Agu Market junction in Abatete, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state. Udala, a grassroots football development guru and the club manager, Eriobu, who is also the Secretary of Anambra Independent League (AIFL), were killed when their convoy allegedly ran into a team of armed gunmen at Eke-Agu Market junction in Abatete, Idemili North Local Area.
The gunmen had reportedly attacked a police station and were fleeing the scene when they met the convoy of Udala in Abatete.
They were instantly at the scene on Tuesday. Chairman of Anambra Independent League (AIFL), Rev. Fr Obinna Dike, confirmed the death of Udala and his club manager Wednesday saying: “The amateur league had lost two important members of the football family.
“So sad, our worst fears are becoming reality, we lost them,” he said in a text message to an online publication.
Anambra State Police Command also confirmed the incident but did not speak on the number of casualties.