JUST IN: Sad: Vigilante shoot man dead over argument
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JUST IN: Sad: Vigilante shoot man dead over argument

By Emma Elekwa

There was palpable tension in Onitsha, Anambra State on Monday following the alleged killing of a driver by a suspected vigilante operative near a petrol station, along Onitsha Enugu Expressway in the commercial city.

A resident, who craved anonymity, said the deceased was driving with a lady when they were reportedly accosted by the vigilante operatives with a Sienna car.

“An argument ensued between him and the vigilante operatives and in the process one of them shot him, killing him instantly, while the lady took to her heels on sighting the guns the vigilantes were wielding,” he said.

Another version of the story had it that the vigilante operatives had accosted a driver carrying goods with a lady and demanded money from them.

The source said the operatives had rejected N500 offered to them by the driver before arresting him and impounding his vehicle.

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It said the driver called the owner of the goods to inform him of the development, threatening to abandon the goods with them.

“The owner quickly rushed to the scene. But in the process of a heated argument, the vigilante operative released a gun shot the man, and several shots into the air to scare people away before he drove off,” the source added

The Nation gathered that the incident attracted youths of the area who carried his corpse and immediately proceeded to Ime Obi Onitsha with palm fronds on their mouths to register displeasure over the killing.

Efforts to speak with Police Area Commander in charge of Onitsha, Mr John Obuagbaka, were unsuccessful as calls put through to his mobile phone were not picked.

He also did not respond to text message sent to him in respect of incident as at the time of filing this report.

The Police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga said he was yet to receive the report.

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