The Anambra State Police Command has confimed that some eight persons were attacked with substance suspected to be acid by a man currently at large in Ugwuagba Market, Awada, near Onitsha in Anambra State.
It was gathered that as soon as the culprit poured the acid on them, he took to his heel and disappeared.
The Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed said suspect carried out the attack following a quarrel at Ngbuka old Auto Spare Parts market of the area.
Mohammed said: “A young man whose name and address is yet to be ascertained had a quarrel with one Onyeka Nwachukwu, aged 38 years at Ngbuka old Auto Spare Parts market in Ugwuagba, Awada.
Speaking further, he said: “In the heat of the altercation, the suspect who is presently on the run attacked the persons with substance suspected to be acid.”
He listed the names of the victims who suffered various degrees of injuries to include, Onyeka Nwachukwu (38), Ofili Benjamin (32) and Ofili Damian (42).
“Other victims are Okoro Ebuka (23), Ekwueme Anayo (35), Nnamani Chukwu (23), Obiora Chidubem(18) and Obasi Solomon (24),” he added.
According to Mohammed, the victims were rushed to St. Martin’s hospital, Ugwuagba for treatment by Police Patrol team attached to Awada Division.
In the meantime, six of the victims have been treated and discharged while two others were responding treatment.
The spokesperson assured that the case was being investigated while efforts were on to apprehend the fleeing suspect.
“The Command urges the public to be security-conscious and report suspicious persons carrying substance inside a container at unusual places in order to avert such ugly incident,” he added.
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