DSS operatives reportedly gun down mother of one in Enugu

"In the ensuing commotion, one of them[DSS operatives] pursued Chinenye, who ran like every other person for safety; ...shot her several times at a close range," a witness said.
Enugu state

Enugu state

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Operatives of the Department of State Services have been accused of gunning down a mother of one in Enugu State while trailing two fleeing suspects before the mother of one was gunned down.

The PUNCH reported that the incident happened on Ologo Street in the Coal Camp suburb of the state capital on Friday, March 18, 2022.

The deceased, a baker identified as Chinenye Opah(a native of Mgbowo, in the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State) had three bullet holes in her upper region leading to her death, according to a family source.

While the reason for the killing remains unknown, an eyewitness said, “The operatives stormed the location in two Hilux vehicles and started shooting indiscriminately, causing a stampede.

“In the ensuing commotion, one of them pursued Chinenye, who ran like every other person for safety; then he gunned her down. The operative shot her several times at a close range.

“The matter was reported at the Uwani Police Station and some police officers visited the scene of the incident, recovered some spent bullets and took the corpse to the Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre mortuary.”

Meanwhile, after reporting the matter to Ekirike Police Station, the family source added that “Our family will visit the DSS office tomorrow (Tuesday) to lodge an official complaint. The family couldn’t do so before now because the incident happened on a weekend and there has not been a working day since then.”

However, DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, denied the incident saying, “This is not true. It is completely misleading information.”

As of the time of filing this report, the state police spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe, has been unreachable.

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