Gunmen invade Rivers community, kill man, burn houses
Three houses, one of which belonged to a widower, were set on fire by gunmen who attacked Rundele Community in the Emuoha Local Government Area, Rivers State.
The gunmen were so angry about illegal refining activities, they were taken into custody daily by security personnel with the help of informants from the local community.
They were armed with guns and other tools and went in search of informants.
According to reports, the attackers entered the home of Okechukwu Nwonodi and shot him three times in the head before fleeing.
Sunday Punch spoke with Uche, a widow who identified herself as Uche. She said that she and her son were able to flee the scene, while lamenting the fact that the miscreants had been causing havoc for nearly a fortnight.
Uche, a mother of eight, said the attackers broke into her residence, fired a shot, poured a substance suspected to be petrol inside the room, and set it on fire while her 22-year-old son was inside.
She said, “I came out of my room to ease myself at about 2am. I was inside the bathroom when I saw light from a flashlight pointing to my room. I quickly dodged to see who it was. The person came with others, but they didn’t know I was in the bathroom outside. So, he started breaking my door.
“He brought out a gun and shot into my room. My son started shouting. Their leader asked him to keep quiet. They didn’t know I was in the bathroom outside hearing them.
“They now poured fuel and burnt the house. We didn’t bring out anything. All my clothes, my big phone and my son’s. His certificate, everything was burnt.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, promised to find out from the divisional police officer in Rumuji and get back to our correspondent, but she had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.