Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have attacked a Chinese expatriate in Umuahia, Abia State, killing his orderly and driver in a broad day incident.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Abia, SP Godfrey Ogbonna, confirmed the attack, saying the sum of N3 million was stolen from the Chinese expatriate who escaped unhurt.
The expatriate was said to have come from Aba to withdraw money from a bank in Umuahia and was returning, when the hoodlums trailed him.
It was learnt that the man’s black jeep was intercepted at Mission Hill, near the office of the Nigerian Correctional Service at about noon.
Eyewitness account said, “They intercepted the man at Mission Hill and shot his orderly dead, while his driver sustained gunshot injuries.”
The driver was said to have been taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, where he later died.
The robbers reportedly shot sporadically while fleeing the scene, causing serious panic and pandemonium in Umuahia metropolis and its environs.
Motorists and commuter vehicle operators around Okpara Square fled in different directions to escape from the commotion that ensued. Shops and business centres were forced to close after police took over the streets.
Watch some videos from the scene below:
Umuahia right now 🥶😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/XLD3DBMFEJ
— Onye Igbo (@OnyikeNony) May 21, 2021
What is happening in umuahia 😭😭😭😭. Gun men shooting at mission hill and isigate axis.
Pls, remain at home if you stay in umuahia, if you have people there call them now.
Retweet for awareness pic.twitter.com/EL20PFkLLd
— Online Eye Doctor (@OnlineEyeDoc) May 21, 2021
HAPPENING LIVE: In Umuahia, Abia State. The Nigerian Army/Police Have Reportedly Taken Over The Streets. Please, Those In Umuahia Should Be Very Alert & Cautious. Stay Indoors If Possible Until The Situation Is Under Control. Call Your Love Ones In Umuahia & Check In With Them. pic.twitter.com/jOjVXKuIpd
— Somto Okonkwo (@General_Somto) May 21, 2021
— UmuahiaCityConnect (@UmuahiaC) May 21, 2021
KanyiDaily had reported that Abia has in recent time come under serious attack by unknown gunmen who burnt down seven police stations and left many police operatives either dead or with gunshot injuries.