It was reported that violence broke out in Imo State on Friday and Saturday as gunmen murdered seven suya sellers.
According to reports, the traders were killed in separate shootings in Orlu and Umuaka in the Njaba Local Government Area of the state. An eyewitness, Harisu Ishiaku, revealed that the suspected killers, who were dressed in military uniform and numbered more than seven, stormed the Afor Umuaka Market around 8.30:pm, accosted the victims in their shops and shot them.
He said four of the victims were in the age bracket of 30 to 45 and had lived in the area for many years without any trouble or attack from any member of the community.
According to the Imo State Coordinator of Hausa traders, Mallam Ibrahim Abdulkadir.
“Actually, this thing started on April 2. I was called that three persons had been killed by some men operating in a Siena car”. The victims were suya sellers and were killed just as they were closing their shop in the night”.
However, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Gender, Vulnerable Groups, Northern Affairs (Men), Ibrahim Sulaiman, stated that, “We have just finished a meeting with government officials and head of security agencies in the state”.
He added that, “They’ve intervened in the matter to ensure that peace reigns. We cannot continue like this. We must nip this in the bud for the peace and security of our country”.