Gunmen kill police operative, one other in Abia

Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia

A police operative providing security to a Chinese and his driver were shot dead on Friday in Umuahia the Abia State capital.

An eyewitness who spoke to our correspondent under the condition of anonymity said the incident happened on mission hill road at a spot where the office of the Nigeria correctional service is located.

The source said the hoodlums appeared to have tralied their targets from Umuahia cosmopolitan area before opening fire on them at the scene of the incident.

The incident however caused pandemic among residents of the capital city as rumor was ripe that unknown gunmen were shooting in the city.

The source said, "The incident in Umuahia was over a white man that came out from a bank who was tralied  to mission hill near prisons headquarters Umuahia.

"The whiteman was robbed of his cash and the policemen guarding him was killed, his was driver shot on the leg, army was around to carry their corpse.

The Police public Relations Officer in the state Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna has confirmed the incident.

He said the incident was an armed robbery attack, adding that the hoodlums had allegedly trailed the Chinese from a commercial Bank where he went to make withdrawal.

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