Unidentified gunmen early on Friday, December 2, 2022, attacked a mosque in Ughelli, Delta state, leaving 11 worshippers injured.
A resident who spoke to Vanguard’s news agency on phone, said the attack took place at about 6.47 am when some Muslim faithful were holding their morning prayers at the Central mosque, located along Okoroda street in Ughelli.
The resident who gave his name simply as Larry, said many residents were jolted from their sleep by gunshots followed by loud cries from people inside the mosque.
“My name is Larry, I am commercial vehicle driver here in Ughelli. I live very close to the central mosque, so this morning at about 6.45 am we heard shooting at the mosque.
“Because of fear, many people in my compound were frightened and we remained inside only peeping through our windows.
“As the shooting lasted, we heard loud cries from some worshippers inside the mosque,” Larry said.
According to him, after the invaders left, many residents thronged to the mosque in their numbers to see what happened.
He said residents helped to evacuate injured worshippers, adding that those that survived the attack suffered severe injuries.
Larry said that some of the worshippers told residents that three of their fellow worshippers were taken away by the gunmen.
When contacted, the Delta police spokesperson, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the attack to said that only 11 worshippers were injured in the attack.
He, however, did not confirm the abduction of three worshippers.
“I just called the DPO at Ughelli and he confirmed to me that 11 persons were injured in the attack at the mosque.
“However, the police have commence investigation into the incident and we will update you as we work to unravel the culprits.
“For now, no arrest has been made but I can assure you that we will get those involved,” Edafe said.
Imo: Gunmen Kill Traditional Ruler And His 2 Guests In Oguta LGA
Gunmen in their numbers on Monday, November 14, 2022, invaded the Obudi Agwa community in Oguta LGA of Imo State killing the monarch of the community and his two guests.
Daily Post gathered that the hoodlums stormed the palace of the community custodian of culture and tradition, Eze Assor, Udi of Obudi Agwa, and killed him and two others before leaving.
Speaking on the ugly development, Hon Obinna Jumbo, the coordinator of Agwa Development Centre said the incident happened this morning around 9 am.
He pointed out that the assailants arrived in two white hummer buses and three motorcycles.
The community leader who was close to tears while fielding questions from Daily Post explained that the bodies of the traditional ruler and two others who were holding meetings with the monarch had been deposited at the mortuary.
Another community source who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that the gunmen were said to have executed the attack in two locations and left the community unchallenged.
He said the number of those killed could not be ascertained yet as the sad incident which shattered peace and tranquillity in Agwa community left residents shivering with most of the prominent personalities fleeing to town for fear of being killed by the rampaging unknown gunmen.
As at the time of press, the Imo Police Command spokesperson, Michael Abattam, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, was yet to speak on the killings.