Unknown gunmen have killed seven people, cows and burnt vehicles in Anambra State.
Six people were shot dead by gunmen on Tuesday, while another had his head slashed with a cutlass at Eke Nkpor market, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
According to SaharaReporters, the gunmen also shot dead some cows grazing in the open in Oba town, Idemili-South Local government Area of the state.
Eyewitnesses said the herders who were tendering the cows and some residents scampered for safety upon hearing the gunshots.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that the gunmen also killed security officers at the Eke Nkpor market area of Idemili North LGA.
According to eyewitnesses, the gumen stormed the market in two vehicles including a Venza SUV through Obosi village road unto the Nkpor-Ideani-Nnobi highway late afternoon, when most traders were getting set to close for the day.
Their presence forced everyone to scamper for safety, while shop owners quickly locked up and running in every direction without apparently knowing where to go.
According to an eyewitness, the men all wore black jeans and T-shirts and bore either a gun or machete. They also bore fresh palm leaves each in their mouths.
At a stage, the eyewitness disclosed, they pranced gingerly on the highway controlling traffic.
It was learnt they urged road users to keep moving as they were not there for anyone but for certain persons.
At Nkpor, the gunmen beheaded an unidentified male and dropped an inscription saying “no election in Anambra”.
At Ezinifite, in Aguata council area of the state, a police patrol vehicle was also burnt down. There is also an account of another bus burnt down by the gunmen.
An online video account showed the privately owned vehicle parked near the major road was mistakenly identified as a police vehicle.
Also at Oko, in Orumba North Local Government Area, the gunmen were reported to have set a party branded vehicle ablaze and shot the driver in the leg. The driver was later evacuated out of the place by sympathisers.
There was a heavy commotion in Oko especially near the Federal Polytechnic when people heard gunshots. In the ensuing confusion, vehicle owners and other road users scampered for safety in nearby villages. Some vehicles moving into Oko turned to other destinations.
A video of some Anambra residents hailing the gunmen during their operation has surfaced on social media.
In the viral video, the residents were seen rejoicing and hailing some of the gunmen were seen on foot on a busy road in Anambra.
Watch the video below:
KanyiDaily had earlier reported how Dr Chike Akunyili was shot point-blank in the face and left to die in the most gruesome manner by the gunmen in Anambra.