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Bloodshed, violence usher in New Year in Rivers, Kaduna, Kwara


In Rivers, no fewer than 14 persons were gunned down, while a traditional ruler and his pregnant wife were killed in Kaduna. In Kwara, worshippers were attacked by youths who wanted to organise a New Year carnival. Some gunmen between 12.10 am and 1 am embarked on a shooting spree in Omoku, in the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, killing 14 persons.

It was gathered that the victims had earlier gone to their various churches to pray into the New Year and were coming back when they were ambushed. Other people also reportedly sustained gunshot injuries and were rushed to hospitals by other residents of the community. Some of those killed during the mayhem were said to be four members of a family, including a man and his wife.

The incident, according to a resident of the area, who identified himself simply as Ukandu, occurred at two places in the area – Omoku and Aligwu. Ukandu said the fireworks that usually greeted the New Year made it almost impossible for residents to notice that hoodlums were shooting residents.

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