Bridegroom, 4 Others Shot Dead

A bridegroom identified as Uzochukwu Eze, who was billed to wed yesterday at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Trans Ekulu, Enu­gu, was shot dead Friday night, by rampaging robbers in Enugu. The robbers also shot death four other persons in their Satanic operation.

The gunmen robbed Genuine Petrol Station in the Trans Ekulu part of the capital city, killing the man­ager of the fuel station in the process.

The groom in company with his bride stopped to buy fuel on the way to drop a woman who brought a gift to the couple and took ex­cuse that she would not be able to attend the wedding ceremony.

The woman who was seat­ed at the front of the car with the bridegroom was also shot dead by the trig­ger-happy robbers.

As the robbers were es­caping through NOWAS/ Nike Lake Road, they also shot and killed a police or­derly attached to the wife of the Chairman of Nkanu West Local Government Area.

The police orderly was said to have alighted from the vehicle to help ease traf­fic, which was building up at the Timber Market end of the road when the robbers disarmed and rained bullets on him.

Reacting to the incident, the Enugu Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ebere Amaraizu said: “Rob­bers were not really on the rampage, but there was an incident, which allegedly brought about the death of some people by suspected hoodlums who shot sporadi­cally before the arrival of security operatives.”

He said measures were on ground to unmask the hood­lums.

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