There is apprehension in the Afikpo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, following the shooting of two soldiers and a civilian at a checkpoint. The incident happened on Monday night. It was learnt that unidentified gunmen shot the 2 soldiers and the civilian at a checkpoint in the Timber Junction place, at the state, Vanguard reports. Those injured as a consequence of the episode were rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment while the deceased had been deposited at the hospital.
It was gathered that the sufferers were attacked around 8.48 pm along the guns of the soldiers were allegedly removed.
After the assault, other soldiers at the checkpoint fled into the bush for safety. An origin from the community told Vanguard that the gunmen arrived at the checkpoint in a bus and since the army men stopped them to search them, they opened fire on them.
According to him, the situation drove Amasiri and Afikpo towns into a state of panic, as sailors, particularly petty traders hurriedly packed their merchandise and went home.
“It is a really sad situation. They stated suspected gunmen came to the checkpoint at Timber Shade (boundary Ehugbo and Amasiri) from the snowy bus.”As usual, it appeared that the military was assessing them and all of a sudden, they opened fire. Two of the army men, a woman and man, died. Others hurried away.”The area is as silent as the graveyard. These adjoining villages used to be quite busy and people here are farmers and traders. However, the moment that happened, people started going home. Nobody is observed outside as I talk to you. Every area is calm. There is fear here now. The world is about to finish,” the source said.