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The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the killing of five persons in Sunday’s shooting at a nightclub in Oba in the Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Aderemi Adeoye, who confirmed the killing on Tuesday, said the victims included two members of a local vigilance, a bouncer, and two fun seekers.

Adeoye said the owner of the club was also abducted by the assailants.

He described the incident as unfortunate and vowed to hunt down the perpetrators.

The police commissioner said: “We got a distress call at about 2 a.m. on Monday. The DPO Oba Division led police officers and members of local vigilance group to the scene but the attackers had already fled the scene.

“The police Rapid Response Squad from Awkuzu was on patrol in the area from 6 p.m. to midnight before moving to other parts of the state and the incident happened after the team left the area.

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“Five persons were killed; they include, two vigilance group members, one bouncer, and two clubbers.

”The owner of the hotel was abducted in the process.”

Adeoye said the police had yet to make arrest on the incident, adding that investigations had commenced to unravel the attackers.

He added: “We have seen a pattern; the gang was responsible for a similar incident where the victim’s body was dismembered about two weeks ago in Ihiala.

“We have an idea of the axis they are operating from; we are going to crack them down, no arrest has been made and investigation is ongoing.

“Oba has always been a flashpoint because of the thriving nightlife, lots of hotels and strategically located, so we intend to deploy additional assets and personnel to that axis, especially this yuletide, to make sure criminals do not make life miserable for people.

“The decay in values is not strange to the people but unfortunately, we have to live with the consequences. This is one of the reasons why the public enlightenment agencies were created.

“Community leaders, religious leaders should step up the campaign against immorality, unnecessary show of affluence and criminality.

“Investigation has shown that most of the money you see on display in nightclubs are not legitimately earned; most are proceeds of crime, so we all have work to do, a law enforcement agency, we will continue to do our part.”

The Star



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