It was tragic New Year, yesterday when unknown gunmen killed no fewer than 14 persons at Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State.
LEADERSHIP gathered that over 26 persons were shot in the attack, 14 persons died on the spot, while 12 victims were hospitalized in the city.
Although, there are conflicting reports on the number of casualties, some sources said 14 persons, another claimed 15, while other report has it that 16 persons lost their lives in the incident.
It was further gathered that the unknown gunmen had operated at two different locations, Kirigani and Oboh axis of Aligwu community in Omoku, in a coordinated attack.
The killers, according to the reports, opened fire on Christians that were returning from different churches around 00:20am after successfully crossing over to the New Year, 2018, and killed the victims.
The Rivers State Police Command has described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the culprits must be smoked out and prosecuted.
State police public relations officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said Police were aware of the incident, but could not ascertain the number of casualties to journalists at the time of filing the report.
Omoni said: “I can confirm the incident; but, at the moment, we cannot confirm the conflicting number of casualties. The deputy commissioner of Police in charge of Operations and other tactical heads have been mobilised there to restore peace.