The Police Command in Ebonyi State has arrested one Peter Nwokpo, a vigilante leader of Umuhuali Community in Ishielu Local Government Area of the state for killing a six-year-old girl, Chinaecherem Nwite.
The incident occurred at Azuogba-agu village in the community during the burial of one Peter Ude and four other persons.
A resident of the area who gave his name simply as Okechukwu said the family of the late Ude had invited Nwokpo and his team to the burial to assist in maintaining law and order when the incident occurred.
‘’We were in the burial of one of kinsmen, Ude when we suddenly hear a gunshot from the vigilante group invited to the burial to maintain law and order.
“After the gunshot, we saw a six-year-old girl shattered with bullet lying lifeless on the ground. We made inquiry and discovered that it was the vigilante leader, Mr. Peter Nwokpo who called the girl.
“People said it was accidental discharge and wondered what type of accidental discharge that would make someone to be shooting indiscriminately because the gun shot was too much,” he said.
One of the victims, who sustained injuries during the incident, Ahamefula Usulour told the Daily Times that the vigilante leader had arrived the burial with pump action gun, cocked it and shot into the air.