There was panic in Orogwe community in Owerri West LGA of Imo state after seven people were shot dead after gunmen invaded the community.
Community sources who do not want to be mentioned disclosed that while seven persons had died others have been rushed to the Emergency Unit of the Federal Medical Center,FMC, Owerri.
According to them trouble started after security operatives suspected to be members of Ebubeagu Security outfit came to the village and whisked a youth away.
Some gunmen,it was said ,in retaliation stormed the community last night and began to shoot sporadically in the air.
According bro a source, ” Ebubeagu people came and took away a youth from the community. On Monday night some men with guns came to the community and stormed a building site and opened fire. Seven persons died while others who were wounded were rushed to the FMC- Owerri.
” An Okada man who was driving through was caught in the fire. He was rushed to FMC- Owerri emergency unit where medical personnel are battling to save his life and others. This is so unfortunate. The community is in a panic.People are running away”.
At FMC ,Owerri ,it was gathered that the emergency unit of the hospital was bobbling as friends, relatives and well wishers of the victims and the injured ones had stormed the hospital.
Correspondent report revealed that the hospital had confirmed six dead bodies.
He said, ” the emergency unit is hot. Many people here. The unit is rowdy. Six dead bodies are here while others that are critically injured are being attended to by medical personnel.”
The police spokesperson,Imo command, Micheal Abattam, did not take his calls when contacted.
A source said security operatives had visited the hospital on Tuesday.
It was further gathered that Orogwe community was deserted on Tuesday as Ebubeagu Security operatives were allegedly in the community arresting young persons.