Posted by Uchenna Inya, Abakaliki | 27 March 2019 | 2,623 times
An armed man has shot dead a 50-year-old woman, Mrs. Chinyere Agwu, inside a new generation church, Solution Ground International Church, at Amasiri in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The mother of seven was killed about 5am when she went for an intercessory prayer along with two other women in the church.
On approaching the church door, the women were said to have spotted a man they identified as Paul, with their touch as he subsequently opened fire on them.
Shoulder pad of the blouse of one of the survivors was ripped apart by bullets.
The General Overseer of the church, Pastor Michael Uche, told journalists in Abakaliki that he was alerted by his mother who was one of the victims and ran home after the gun attack.
He said: “Yesterday morning about 4.50a.m., my mother was knocking on my door. When I opened the door, I saw her lamenting and I started calming her down. After calming her down, she told me that as they were going to church, as they were entering the church they saw a man standing in front of the church holding something in his hand. She said the next thing they heard was gunshot from everywhere and the deceased fell down while the other woman that was going to the church with her ran into the bus.
“Immediately I heard that, I carried my motorcycle and go after the woman. As I was approaching the church, I remembered that she said gunshot and I immediately turned back. I saw torchlight when I approached a roundabout and it was a security man and I narrated the incident to him. He suggested that we should go to SARS office and we went to the office and reported the matter…
“The SARS people were not up and doing and I left them. I called one of my assistants and told him to come immediately.
“When we got to the church I put on my motorcycle light and look around and I didn’t see the victim, so I came back. As we were coming back, we met the security man again who told us that we should go back to the church and search for the woman again and we did so. When we got back to the church, the woman heard my voice and started shouting help me! help! I am dying o.
“We carried her. As we were going, she was shouting Paul has killed me o, Paul has killed me o. We took her to St. Charles Hospital where she died. She sustained serious gunshot injuries.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Loveth Odah, said the suspect, who was identified as Paul, had been arrested.
Meanwhile, the body of the deceased has been deposited in the mortuary.
•Excerpted from a New Telegraph report
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