Imo State: Security agents, unidentified gunmen engage in a gun battle


Security agents and bandits clashed in Orlu, Imo state on Sunday making residents scamper for safety.

According to Daily Post, the gun battle began on Saturday night and lingered till Sunday morning.

It was learnt that the security operatives worked on an intelligence report that the bandits were regrouping for an attack.

Some of the areas touched by the occurrence include Awo-Idemili, Amanachi, Banana junction among others.

A Musician Died in the Incident

There were allegations that a 38-year-old musician, Roco Nnadiekwe, also known as Ja Rule, was shot dead in the fracas.

Roco graduated from Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri in 2007 and studied political science.

Last week, he came to his hometown from Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Besides, he intended to shoot his latest song’s video in Owerri on Monday, before meeting his untimely death.

A well-known musician in Imo State, Obinna Okoro, popularly referred to as Acharaman, confirmed the death to Punch. Okoro is a friend to Roco Nnadiekwe.

In his words;

“Roco {Ja rule} is my brother and friend since our university days.

“Last week Roco returned home from Porth Harcourt and said he was going to shoot the video of that our song by tomorrow being Monday.

“This afternoon the Nigerian army killed my homie Roco in his home town Orlu.

“Roco believes in Nigeria so much and today Nigeria has failed my friend. It’s hard to believe this.”

Another Musician Confirmed The Death

Another friend of the victim, Uche Ndum, also known as Tooblac, confirmed the death.

“The Nigerian army has just killed my friend Roco two hours ago in orlu.

“This is so disheartening. I lack words right now.”

However, the Police Public Relations Officer in Imo State, Micheal Abattam, is yet to speak on the matter.

He had not responded to Punch correspondent’s inquiry on the fracas at the time of filing this report.

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