Crowd sets fire to home of vigilante leader following ‘shooting’ of Enugu resident

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A mob protesting the murder of a certain Philip Okoro, identified as a 22-year-old resident of Enugu State, burned down the house of a vigilante group leader.

Okoro is believed to have died in the Nkpologwu community in the Uzo-Uwani council area of ​​the state.

Daniel Ndukwe, police spokesman in Enugu, confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday.

According to Ndukwe, the alleged shooting took place on June 29 and the victim was quickly taken to hospital, after which he was confirmed dead at around 3 p.m. on June 30.

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He said the corpse was taken to the morgue for autopsy and preservation, while the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered.

“As a result, two members of the Vigilante group directly linked to the shooting and the murder of the victim have been arrested,” the statement said.

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“They include one Annene Idu, who allegedly shot the deceased, and Chijioke Ezugwu, the local government area security chief, who allegedly led members of the Vigilante group to the scene of the incident to arrest drug traffickers. hard drugs.

“Additionally, the pump-action pistol used for the act was also recovered.”

Ndukwe said a mob, while protesting the murder of the victim, set fire to the house of the vigilante group’s team leader.

“However, the fire was put out by police officers, who quickly mobilized to the scene on receiving a distress call, before the building could be set on fire,” he said. .

He added that Lawal Abubakar, the state police commissioner, had directed the deputy police commissioner in charge of the state criminal investigation department (CID) to carry out a thorough investigation into the incident.

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