There was tension in the Uratta area of Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State,
on Thursday, following the death of a resident identified simply as Sunny.
Sunny, according to sources, died as a result of injuries he sustained after being
reportedly shot at by men of the state vigilante group, also known as the Bakassi Boys.
His friends and relations were said to have taken his corpse to the Aba Area Command
Headquarters of the Nigeria Police to protest his killing.
It was gathered that the deceased was shot in his thigh on Sunday by the Bakassi Boys
on Uratta Road, where he was loading for commercial tricycle operators.
Sources in the area said troubled started when some members of the vigilante group
went to stop some notorious boys, who were alleged to be members of the dreaded
Aro cult from defecating indiscriminately and smoking Indian hemp in farms and drainage
system in Uratta by the Port Harcourt Road.
The situation, however, got out of hand when one of the boys, who was arrested for
indiscriminate defecation, stabbed a vigilante with a knife, leaving him unconscious
before escaping, prompting a hot chase and the combing of the area for members
of his gang by the vigilante group.
It was learnt that in the process of combing the area, the Bakassi Boys ran into Sunny
at his duty post, where he was identified as member of the group that stabbed their
colleague and he was shot in the thigh.
Sunny was said to have been taken to an unidentified hospital, where bullets from a
pump action gun, were extracted from his thigh only for him to die on Thursday.
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