At least 14 churchgoers were killed by gunmen in Nigeria’s River State while returning from a midnight service on Monday, a police source told AFP.
“The gunmen opened fire on a set of worshippers at about 12:30 am on Monday,” said Ugochi Olugbo, a relative of one of the victims who were attending a New Year’s Eve service.
According to a police source who wanted to remain anonymous, 14 people died on the spot, while 12 who sustained gunshots were rushed to the hospital and are receiving treatment.
Rivers State police public relations officer Nnamdi Omoni said the number of casualties could not be confirmed at the moment.
Omoni further said that the commissioner of police has launched a manhunt for the bandits to ensure they are arrested and prosecuted.
Local online website, Daily Post reported that a source within the area, who reported the incident, said the attack was allegedly led by the younger brother of an ex-Nigeria Delta militant Leader, Johnson Igwedibia popularly known as DonWanny.
Late last year, Don was reported to have been killed during a gun battle involving a joint operation between Nigerian security forces and a local vigilante group in Ogba, claims which were later refuted