At least three persons, including two policemen, an unidentified woman were on Tuesday evening killed by unknown gunmen, suspected to be cultists.
A source said the gunmen blocked a red Toyota Corolla car being driven by a man identified as Snoop, who is also the leader of tricycle riders in Awka North and Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The source said Snoop was being accompanied by two armed policemen from the state Anti-Cult department when he was accosted, and that the two policemen lost their lives, while a woman who was passing by was hit by a stray bullet.
“Snoop himself was dragged out of his car and put in the trunk of the car driven by the assailants, while riffles belonging to the policemen were made away with,” the source said.
Daily Post gathered that heavy shooting at the Unizik junction sent many people scampering for safety.
There has been heightened fear in Awka as a result of a proposed protest by members of the tricycle riders association, over a N4,000 levy being imposed on each tricycle rider in Awka North and Awka South Local Government Area, which was tagged Christmas party levy.
Some tricycle riders had protested the levy.
The Chief Convener of Recover Nigeria Project(RNP), Comrade Ositadimma Obi had stated that his group would join the tricycle riders on a protest on Wednesday.
There are fears that cult related clashes in Awka are mostly aggravated by tricycle riders.
As of the time of filling this report, the spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga was yet to react to the killing.