An eyewitness said that the gunmen had stopped at the Assemblies of God Church, but on sighting some policemen at the church, opened fire on them.
According to a report by Punch, the gunmen struck on Sunday, August 13, 2017 killing one policeman and a civilian.
It was also reported that an eyewitness said that the gunmen had stopped at the church, but on sighting some policemen at the church, opened fire on them.
“When the firing became too hot, the policemen abandoned their patrol vehicle and ran away for safety.
“The gunmen moved to their patrol van and took a gun belonging to the policeman they killed.
“I saw two of the gunmen but I can’t say how many they are in number."
Another eyewitness said, “Gunmen on Okada (motorcycle) shot a policeman and collected his rifle. They also shot dead an Okada man while escaping, and the passenger he was carrying was injured. The policeman was the one armed among his colleagues; they were providing security while church service was going on at Assemblies of God Church, Oguta road Onitsha."
The State's Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, has reportedly confirmed the incident to journalists.