Traders and customers at Artisan Market in Enugu on Sunday fled different directions when three men suspected to be cultists shot dead an unidentified man inside the market.
Students living close to the market told our correspondent that the victim, believed to be a student of Enugu State University of Technology, might have been killed by rival cult members.
It was learnt that seven students had been killed since Friday when the hoodlums went on a killing spree.
An undergraduate of the university was said to be among those killed in the city.
It was learnt that the deceased was trailed by his killers to Achara Layout and shot him.
An eyewitness said the boys who killed him called him on the telephone, and as soon as he picked the call, they fired shots at him.
The source said, “They came on a motorbike and parked at a distance. The deceased was drinking at joint and a call came into his phone; as soon as he stepped out to answer the call his assailants shot at him.
“I think they made the call to ensure that he was the one; as soon as he picked the call they shot him in the stomach. When he fell down, they came close and shot him twice on the head and he died instantly.”
Another man was shot dead inside his shop on Ogui Road and those who killed him fled the scene on a motorbike.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said, “We are on top of the situation. We are working to ensure that we stop these cult-related killings. We would soon speak to the press.”