A middle-aged man was killed during an attack by hoodlums in Eleparanwo community in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The unidentified man, said to be a father of two, was gunned down by the hoodlums who invaded the community with a tricycle popularly called keke on Friday morning.
Residents said the gunmen shot the man in the head.
They said the hoodlums might have trailed the man for some time before carrying out the attack on Friday morning.
A resident said, “The young man had been living in Eleparanwo for the past two years. We woke up this morning (Friday) around 6am and started hearing noises in the compound that our neighbour was about to go out for his business but some men in keke shot him at a nearby junction.”
Another resident added, “He was my very good friend. I know him very well. He was married with two kids. I was not around, but I was called that he was shot.”
The residents, who pleaded anonymity for fear of reprisal attacks by the hoodlums, lamented the high rate of crime in the area since #EndSARS protest that later turned violent made policemen to desert the streets.
“I want to use this medium to plead with His Excellency to ban keke from Eleparanwo. The rate of criminality is too much. There is no security there again. We have never seen this kind of thing is our community,” another resident said.
Spokesman for the police in River State, Nnamdi Omoni, said the incident had yet to be reported to the police.
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