Suspected gun-wielding cultists on Saturday stormed a funeral event in Awka, Anambra State killing mourners and injuring others.
The violent attack occurred at Ebenebe community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra state.
A source which painted a picture of what happened said that the 34-year-old man whose funeral was holding at the time of the incident was killed on Dec. 30, 2021, also by suspected cultists. He was killed at Amansea Area in Awka North.
According to the source, “It was during the lying-in-state at the residence of the deceased that the suspected cultists arrived at the scene and started shooting at mourners.”
The source also said that there were casualties from the gunshots, adding that victims were taken to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital at Amaku, Awka.
“My brother is among those injured and we have been at the hospital since 11 a.m. trying to ensure that they stabilise him,’’ the source said.
Police command image maker in Anambra, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the incident told newsmen that “a burial was going on when some people suspected to be cultists invaded the area and started shooting.
“I do not have details of casualties now, but I will keep you informed once the picture becomes clear,’’ he said.
Ikenga said further that the Anambra Commissioner of Police, Mr Echeng Echeng, had despatched a tactical squad comprising of various units to the area to maintain peace and order.