Gunmen Behead Man at Aba Drinking Joint in Suspected Cult Attack

A man was killed and beheaded by gunmen at a drinking joint in Aba, Abia State, on Friday night.

The assailants, who were reportedly four in number, arrived at the joint along Georges Street by St. Michael’s road junction in a tricycle and opened fire at the victim.

They then used a machete to cut off his head and fled the scene with it.

The identity and motive of the killers are still unknown, but sources said it could be related to cult violence.

The incident caused panic among the patrons and residents of the area, who ran for their lives.

The police later arrived and evacuated the body of the deceased to a mortuary.

An eyewitness told Vanguard that the victim had received a phone call from someone who asked him to meet at the joint.

He said: “The drinking joint was filled with people enjoying themselves until there was a gunshot. Nobody knew where it came from, but everybody scampered to safety. When I returned to close my shop, I saw a man lying in a pool of blood and they cut off his head. The police later came and took the corpse away.”

Another source said that the gunmen shot the victim three times before beheading him.

He said: “They came in a tricycle and shot him three times. They then used a machete to cut off his head and took it away. They also fired shots in the air as they left.”

Attempts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Abia State Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, were unsuccessful, as he did not answer calls or messages sent to his phone.

However, a senior police officer at the Aba Area Command confirmed the incident and said investigations were ongoing to apprehend the culprits.

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