A member of a local vigilante group identified as Fidelis Nnadi has been killed by fleeing assailants at Nwangale Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State in Southeast Nigeria on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.
The killers, who kidnapped a mother and child from another community, were passing through Nwangale when they found Nnadi and shot him to death before running away.
An eyewitness confirmed that Nnadi had left his village of Ogwuaga to Okwelle to buy some items and on his way back had an encounter with the gang.
The police public relations officer, CSP Mike Abbatam while confirming the incident affirmed that police were already investigating the incident.
This year alone residents of Imo state have experienced a series of attacks on both civilians and security operatives, with not less than 25 police officers killed since Feb. 2021.
Last week, three traditional rulers were killed in Imo State and, on Friday, Oct. 22, a female police officer was reportedly killed after an armed group attacked Umuelemai police station in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
Increased frustration from the incessant insecurity and violent crimes has led to the formation of security networks and vigilante groups in the state.
These and other self-defense groups are usually based in rural areas although their operations are gradually extending to large urban centers.
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