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 Commotion At FMC Owerri After Gunmen Invade Orogwe Community In Imo, Shot 7 Security Guards, Several Others Injured
August 3, 2022

Commotion At FMC Owerri After Gunmen Invade Orogwe Community In Imo, Shot 7 Security Guards, Several Others Injured

There was commotion on Tuesday when some unidentified gunmen invaded the hamlet of Orogwe in the Owerri Local Government Area of Imo State when the attackers entered the neighborhood and started firing randomly. Residents told reporters that at least seven persons had been killed by gunshots, while other injured people had been transported to the emergency room of the Federal Medical Center in Owerri.

Local source from Umuafom community of Orogwe in Owerri West LGA said numerous persons were reportedly hurt  while seven local security guards on duty were killed, leaving two other residents of the area seriously injured

According to a source from the community, the gunmen who came in two vehicles and a bike rider at about 9:30 pm took the guards unaware and shot them in separate locations.

While four of them were said to have been shot dead at a building not too far from a hospital, the other three were shot inside a new building in the area called, Corpers Lodge.
According to reports, the unrest began when security personnel thought to be from the Ebubeagu Security organization raided the neighborhood and abducted a young person.

The yet-to-be-identified gunmen apparently emerged and started firing randomly in response to the unexpected raid by the presumed security group.

“Ebubeagu people came and took away a youth from the community. On Monday night, some men with guns came to the community and stormed a building site and opened fire. Seven persons died while others wounded were rushed to the FMC Owerri,” said a resident who spoke anonymously with Newsmen also discovered that a passing okada rider was injured in the crossfire while others received matchete cuts

The young man was also hurried to the FMC Owerri emergency department, where he received medical attention.

Villagers said there were more casualties than were actually confirmed by the hospital, according to a source at the FMC, but the hospital only confirmed six bodies, contrary to what residents claimed.

According to the source, there were many concerned friends, family members, and well-wishers of the victims crammed inside the hospital’s emergency room “The emergency unit is filled. Many people here. The unit is rowdy. Six dead bodies are here while others that are critically injured are being attended to by medical personnel,” the source at the FMC said

Meanwhile, there is a heavy panic in the community following the attack by the gunmen as some of the residents are temporarily leaving their abode for safety.

The State Police spokesperson, CSP Mike Abattam confirmed the incident when contacted. said he could not ascertain yet if those killed were security guards.

But he assured us that the police are already on the trail of the suspects even as he pleaded with the community to remain calm.

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