Hunters shoot five villagers at funeral in Edo as mourners abandon corpse

Hunters shoot five villagers at funeral in Edo as mourners abandon corpse


The Edo State police Command has arrested two hunters for shooting five villagers at a funeral in Ama Village in Ubiaja, Esan South-East Local Government Area of the State.


Preliminary investigation by the police revealed that the suspects, John Ebatame and Moses Okoyomon, allegedly used double barrel gun to shoot at the victims while heading for the funeral of one late Martina Rabi on Friday.

SP. Kotongs Bello, spokesman of the Nigeria police, Edo State Command, confirmed the arrest of the suspects in a statement on Sunday.

He said: “Edo state police Command through Divisional Police Officer Agbede Division, CSP Iredia Ogiata, received information that there is an ongoing shooting at Ama Community” under his area of jurisdiction and immediately mobilized police operatives from the Division to the scene of the incident.

He explained that the hunters escorted the Corpse from Ubiaja in Esan South-East LGA to Ama Village for the funeral where John fired gun shots into the air, which resulted to the cutting of the Community electricity cable.

The incident, according to police, provoked angry youths of Ama who confronted the hunter (John) who immediately threatened to shoot at his accusers.

During the heated argument, John fired gunshots which injured five persons, according to the police spokesman, said one double barrel gun and seven live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.

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Kotongs who gave the names of the all the male injured victims as Mathew Enebor, Sule kadiri, Christian Okpoke, Momodu Ambrose, Ibadan Okhere, and one other whose name unknown.

He said the injured victims had been admitted to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) in Ubiaja, Esan South-East Local Government Area of the State.

The police statement quoted the State Commissioner of police, Mr. Phillip Ogbadu said the police Command under his watch will not condole any act of lawlessness irrespective of whose ass is gored.

CP Ogbadu, also enjoined the good people of Ama Community not to take laws into their hands as investigation into the incident has since commenced.

He called on the the good people Edo state to continue to provide the police with credible information at anytime so as forestall any break down of law and order.

Our Correspondent reports that the deceased whose journey to mother earth was temporary disrupted during the melee, was thereafter interred by close family members.


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