Gunmen operating on two motorcycles on Saturday reportedly killed a vigilante and a trader at Nkpor in Anambra State.
They threw one of the victims was into a well.
The victims were identified as Uzochukwu Ezeme (the vigilante) and Chibuzor Ajaetu, a 34-year-old trader.
They were said to have died after the gunmen opened fire on them, killing one instantly and throwing the other into a well, where he died.
Tears flowed freely in Okpuno Akauzor village in Umusiome on Saturday when the body of Ezeme, one of the victims was brought out from the well where he was dumped by his assailants.
Another victim, identified as Ibegbulam, was said to be receiving treatment in a hospital at Nkpor.
Ibegbunam, who was the third victim, said that the gunmen attacked them unprovoked.
He said, “We escaped the scene with bullet wounds and hid in a bush. But a mobile phone belonging to Ezeme rang and the gunmen traced him and shot him again half dead and threw him into a 60 feet local well, where he died.”
Ibegbunam, who narrated the incident from his sick bed, further said, “I covered myself with leaves while in pains in the bush until our assailants left before I managed to make a distress call to relations who came to rescue me and brought me to this hospital.”
It was gathered that the victims were on their way to respond to an invitation by some youths to settle a land dispute between them and another community when they met their death.
The dispute, it was learnt, had claimed the lives of two policemen and a pregnant woman in 2013 and led to the destruction of many houses.
When contacted, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Nkiru Nwode, confirmed the incident.
While stressing that no arrest had been made, Nwode said the perpetrators would be arrested and punished.
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