Police stray bullet kills pastor in Ebonyi while praying

A pastor of Glorious Gospel Fire Assembly in Abakaliki, John Onu, has been killed by police stray bullet at his house while praying during his morning devotion on Monday.

Tribune Online gathered that the stray bullet hit him in the heart and went through his back.

The incident happened at Nkaliki, Abakaliki Local Government Area of the state when police protecting a hotel belonging to one Chukwudi Onyibe, special assistant to the chairman of the local government on Internally Generated Revenue, started to shoot sporadically at rioting youths of the area.

Youths of Abakaliki Local Government Area had gone on the rampage, burning houses in the area after a man in  Ebyia Upnuhu community was beaten up and died in the process.

Chairman of the local government, Emmanuel Nwangele, confirmed the incident to Nigerian Tribune. 

He added that despite not knowing what led to crisis, the youths also set his house and some others on fire.

He said, “I was about to go to the village that night to calm the youths but somebody around me that time told me that it was late; that it was better to go in the morning. It was after that that I was informed that somebody died and that they are rampaging to the extent that they came to one Bosco Guest House but they were dispersed by the police. They went back home and set ablaze houses.

“I was called that they also moved to my own house and set it ablaze, destroying so many things. I said why, when I don’t know the genesis of the problem? Late in the night, they also went back to that Bosco hotel. According to information, they were even trying to come to Abakaliki Local Government headquarters, but security agencies prevented them. Then this morning, they returned.

“The Bosco, Chukwudi Onyibe, is my SA on IGR. But information reaching me says that they conveyed Ebubeagu people to go and arrest somebody who stole something and on the way to that place, they had a clash with somebody who overtook their vehicle. From there, they had some squabble; it was led by one soldier from our village who was posted out but was in the village. It was one of the Ebubeagu boys that they said had encounter with them, and Bosco wasn’t even with them but that he was on the steering. This was what I was told. I don’t even know anything about it.”

When contacted, the Assistant Police Public Relations of the state Police Command, Philip Levi confirmed the incident but said everything has been brought under control.

It was gathered that some persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. 


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