Imo state seems to be the centre of violence in the southeast in the last few weeks – After an attack on the Imo governor county home, a commissioner in the state have been shot – The attack which is suspected to be a robbery attack, caused panic in the state capital, Owerri the gunmen shot the Imo State Commissioner for Entrepreneurship and Skill Acquisition, Iyke Ume.
There was panic in Owerri, the state capital, as gunmen shot no fewer than four motorists in a Sunday night robbery attack
The incident happened at Orji, on Owerri- Okigwe Road very close to the Orji Divisional Police Headquarters.
One of the motorists who was shot was driving an unmarked security vehicle.
He was driving in the vehicle, when they double-crossed him, shot him before attacking other vehicles, including commercial buses. The incident caused an abrupt end to commercial activities within the area as people, including those drinking at nearby bars who scampered for safety.
An investigation revealed that the commissioner was riding with the Special Adviser on Inter-Party Affairs, Dominic Uzowuru, to his home in Orji, when the armed robbers double-crossed him and shot him on his leg and hand.
An investigation by our correspondent also revealed that the attacked commissioner was shot while dropping Uzowuru at his house in Orji after service of the song with another commissioner.
When contacted, the special adviser to the governor on Inter-Party Affairs, Dominic Uzowuru, confirmed that the Commissioner was shot.
He said, “I was not shot. The Commissioner was shot. My phone and that of the commissioners were snatched. We were coming from service of the song of one of us, Austin Nnawuihe. He was dropping me when the robbers struck. I am fine to the glory of God.”
When contacted, the Police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that the victims were evacuated to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, by the police.