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Gunmen kill ex-commissioner, brother in Enugu

Gunmen kill ex-commissioner, brother in Enugu
November 19
14:59 2022

Gunmen have killed Gabriel Onuzulike, a former commissioner of rural development in Enugu, and his brother at Nkpokolo-Achi area, Oji-River LGA of the state.

The commissioner was the chairman of Oji-River LGA between 2010 and 2014.

According to reports, his brother was shot on the spot while the commissioner was whisked away. They were said to be returning from a burial ceremony on Friday.

Confirming the incident, Daniel Ndukwe, Enugu police spokesperson, in a statement on Saturday, said two of the assailants were killed by security operatives who were on patrol along the axis.

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Ndukwe disclosed that an AK-47 rifle with two magazines loaded alongside three cars, including the one belonging to the former commissioner, were recovered from the gunmen.

“Preliminary report reveals that two (2) of the assailants, said to have infiltrated into Oji-River from neighbouring Anambra State community, in the evening hours of 18/11/2022, that attacked and murdered one Gabriel Onuzulike (identified as former Chairman of Oji-River LGA and Commissioner in Enugu State Government) and his brother at Nkpokolo-Achi in Oji-River LGA, were neutralized by a Joint Police/Army Team, who swiftly responded to a distress call on the incident and intercepted the hoodlums at Inyi community of the same LGA, as they were escaping into Anambra state,” the Enugu police spokesperson said.

“The team further recovered an AK-47 rifle with two magazines loaded with ammunition, while a Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep belonging to the deceased victims, a Toyota Camry car the assailants attempted to snatch from another victim and a RAV4 Jeep they used for the heinous criminal operation, amongst other incriminating items, were also recovered.”

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