Gunmen dressed in military uniform have killed seven suya (grilled beef) sellers on Friday and Saturday in Imo State.
The incidents happened in Orlu and Umuaka in the Njaba Local Government Area of the state. Reports said the men struck at Afor Umuaka market after storming the area in a Sienna bus.
Ibrahim Abdulkadir, the Imo State Coordinator of Hausa traders, said Hausa traders in Orlu now live in fear as some have relocated to Owerri.
“Actually, this thing started since on April 2. I was called that three persons had been killed by some men operating in a Siena car. The victims were suya sellers and were killed just as they were closing their shop in the night.
“Just as we were about to handle the situation, yesterday (Saturday) I was called again that four persons were killed by the same people,” he told Punch Metro.
Ibrahim Sulaiman, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Gender, Vulnerable Groups, Northern Affairs (Men), said the state government, as well as security agencies, are on top of the matter. He said the killings are politically motivated by people who never wished the government and people of Imo State well, he expressed regret that the situation was getting out of hand.