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Robbery Turns Deadly: Gunmen Kill couple selling bread, running PoS business in owerri

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A retired police officer and his wife were fatally shot by three gunmen on Sunday night in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, according to local authorities.

The couple, identified as Mr. and Mrs Sampson Owobo, were attacked around 8 p.m. near the Chisco Transport Company office, in close proximity to the Owerri Area Police Command Office and Owerri Urban Police Divisional Headquarters.

The incident sent shockwaves through the community, prompting residents to seek safety in their homes and shop owners to shutter their businesses.

Sources reveal that the armed assailants, who were attempting to rob the couple, opened fire when their robbery attempt failed. The couple ran a Point-of-Sale (PoS) business and sold bread.

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Eyewitnesses report that the robbers, armed with pump-action rifles, shot Owobo at close range, striking him in the forehead. His wife was also targeted, sustaining gunshot wounds to her left side near her chest.

Tragically, Owobo succumbed to his injuries at the scene, while his wife was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri by police officers. Regrettably, she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The deceased husband, Sampson Owobo, originally from Edo State, had retired from his position as an assistant superintendent of police approximately five years prior. Local authorities have launched a manhunt for the perpetrators, who remain at large.

The state police spokesperson, Henry Okoye expressed the police’s strong condemnation of the incident, asserting that the State’s Commissioner of Police has initiated an investigation with the directive to apprehend the fleeing suspects.

The tragic incident has once again raised concerns about security and crime levels in the area, prompting authorities to intensify efforts to enhance public safety and bring the culprits to justice.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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