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Delta: Police arrest two for killing five in Hausa district

No fewer than five persons have been killed in Asaba, the Delta State capital, when unknown gunmen, on Friday , attacked a Hausa settlement near the popular Abraka Market .

SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the attack took place at about 9 : 40 pm, with scores of persons sustaining injuries.

The killings have sparked tension in the state capital .

Two leaders of the Hausa community , who spoke on condition of anonymity, said their members could identify the hoodlums .
The sources claimed that three men, a woman, and teenager were killed during the attack .

It was learnt that security operatives comprising the police, Department of State Services and soldiers have been deployed in the area to avert a reprisal.

The police, on Saturday , said two suspects , believed to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, had been arrested in connection to the killings .

A statement by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer , Andrew Aniamaka , noted that the attackers were a three-man gang.
Aniamaka said the leader of the gang was at large following the arrest of the two suspects .

While commiserating with the families of the deceased , the police spokesperson disclosed that five persons sustained injuries, adding that they were receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.

“ The Delta Police Command in the early hours of Saturday arrested two suspects namely :
Abraham Ndudi, 24 , from Kwale , Delta State; and Okereke Ifeanyi , 21 , from Ogbaru in Anambra State for their involvement in the dastardly shooting and killing of four persons at Abraka Market , Asaba.

“ The suspects , who were arrested from their hiding places, are already helping the police in their investigation. Meanwhile , efforts are ongoing to arrest the third suspect , whose real name is yet unknown but simply identified as ‘ Last Burial ’ . ”

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim , in the statement, called for calm , assuring residents of the state that adequate security measures had been put in place to ensure the security of lives and property .

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