A soldier has been feared dead after a gun battle with unknown gunmen in Abia state.
This came as unknown gunmen engaged soldiers in a gun battle in Ebem Ohafia LGA on Wednesday, August 17, 2022; killing at least four people, including a soldier and a businesswoman.
According to reports, the unnamed soldier was killed while serving at the 14 Brigade Headquarters, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Barracks, Ohafia. It is believed that he was killed when soldiers were responding to a distress call from a colleague who had managed to escape from being killed in the Ebem community.
The slain soldier was presumably running an errand in the neighborhood when he was shot by assailants who followed him there.
A businesswoman from Isuikwuato LGA who lived in Ohafia by the name of Miss Chinenye Ajunwa was also a casualty. She was hit by a stray bullet during the gun duel, .
A source claims that the rescued officer was riding a commercial motorcycle to the Ebem market to buy groceries when he became aware that a number of armed men were following him.
“He heard when the gunmen were asking about a soldier that Okada just brought and quickly hid somewhere; and from his hideout, he sent an SOS message to the Brigade.
“Soldiers were mobilized for his rescue and the gunmen who are members Eastern Security Network (ESN) engaged the soldiers. Two of them were killed. A pump action gun, cutlasses and two motorbikes belonging to the gunmen were recovered from them.
“It was while the soldiers were on patrol in the community; after rescuing the other soldier, that they discovered that the gunmen had killed a soldier in the same community,” the source said.
Security in Nigeria’s South-east has deteriorated lately with frequent attacks by armed persons.
The attacks often target security agencies, government officials and facilities.
In April, gunmen killed and then beheaded two soldiers – an intending couple – at an unknown location in Imo State, South-east Nigeria.
The Nigerian government has accused IPOB of being responsible for the attacks in the region. But the separatist group has repeatedly denied the accusation.