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Gunmen invade burial ceremony in Anambra, burn down mourners’ houses

“They smashed all the cars in the compound and took some away; they also set the house ablaze, but thank God, the house was not totally burnt, as people quenched the fire when they left.

A burial ceremony going on in Ezinifitte, Nnewi South Local Government Area has been cut short by gunmen as they stormed the area and scared away mourners and guests.

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According to a guest who summoned the courage to speak with the media said the burial ceremony ended abruptly after the gunmen invaded the area.

The source, who did not want to be named, said the attackers stormed the burial when they gathered that an influential man in the area was burying his younger sister.

He said some people in the area had openly warned that they would not tolerate any security officials there.

According to him, “When information got to them (gunmen) that someone brought security men to the town, they mobilized themselves in seven Sienna vehicles and started shooting.

“The man, who was burying his sister and the security agents escaped. The men stayed there and shot for a very long time, and all the people who came for the burial ran for their lives, some entered into the bush and others ran into a nearby compound.

“They smashed all the cars in the compound and took some away; they also set the house ablaze, but thank God, the house was not totally burnt, as people quenched the fire when they left.

“Many people who escaped into the bush slept there, and came out in the morning. Me and many other people ran into a nearby compound, but they brought us out and told us they were not after us, but politicians and those who brought security to the area, and the security men too.

“If you see this people, they were very well armed. I almost thought I would died. I started crying for my mother, just imagining how my corpse would be taken to her. To the glory of God, nobody was killed, and no one was injured,” the source stated.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Command spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, told Daily Trust he had no information on gunmen invading any community in Anambra.

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