Gunmen have killed two persons and abducted one in two separate incidents in two communities in Rivers State.
In the early hours of the day, armed men invaded Mgbuitanwo community in Emuoha Local Government Area and beheaded one Ukeoma, a 28 year-old man, and kidnapped another man, Eruchi and fled.
The second killing took place on Wednesday night at a slum settlement in Port Harcourt by suspected cultists.
The Association of Emuoha Students in Higher Institutions, which condemned the killing, urged youths in the local government not to allow themselves to be used in any way to achieve their selfish interest. Its President, Victor Omehe, gave the advice in a statement.
He said: “Our youths should shun politicians who want to use them to achieve their selfish objectives.”
The Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Rivers State chapter, Comrade Hyginus, who is from Mgbuitanwo community, said the killing was a threat to the rerun election and urged the people to eschew violence.
“It is important to state clearly that the greatest threat to the Rivers State rerun election is insecurity, as many of our people are scared going by the level of insecurity in the state,” Hyginus said in a statement.
In the Wednesday’s incident, gunmen who rode in a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), suspected to be cultists, shot dead a man identified as Suo on Abba Street in Diobu, Port Harcourt.
Witnesses said that the victim was eating in front of his compound on Wednesday night when the SUV pulled up in front of the house and the gunmen opened fire on him, confirmed that he was dead and sped off. Sources said that the body of the deceased was taken away by policemen. But the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ahmad Mohammad, said he was yet to confirm the killing.