The Imo State Police Command has confirmed that seven persons were killed in Mmaahu Community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Micheal Abattam, gave the confirmation in a statement issued on Wednesday in Owerri.
Abattam said the attack occurred at about 2200 hours, when one “Ossy,” led about 20 armed men with their faces masked to Mmaahu Community.
The police spokesman said that Ossy and his men went to the houses of Charles Mgbarahor, Funky Anane, Charity Nwachukwu, Edeme Okoro, Isaac Ojenya, Ndubuisi Nwabusi and Junior Ifeyinwoke, shot and killed them.
He said, “On receipt of this information immediately, the Divisional Police Officer mobilised his men and other patrol teams to the area, on arrival at the scene, the hoodlums have deserted the place, leaving seven persons dead.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the killing has elements of cultism. And that “Ossy” is an escapee from Imo Correctional Centre Owerri who is reasonably suspected to belong to a cult group known as “De-Gbam”. While the persons killed are suspected to belong to another cult group known as De-Well.”
He disclosed that the command has deployed additional tactical units to the community to support the operation of the Egbema Police Division and Area Command to forestall a reprisal attack.
The Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, CP Rabiu Hussaini, while calling for calm in the community, directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Intelligence Investigation Department (SCIID) to immediately commence a discreet investigation with a mandate to fish out the perpetrators behind the dastardly act.
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