As preparations get underway for the Governorship and State Assembly elections, the House of Assembly candidate of Labour Party, LP, in Ngor Okpala State Constituency, Mr. Andrew Ugwuezumba has been murdered by assassins.
Ugwuezumba, who was in his 40s and hailed from Umunehi Village, Obiangwu Autonomous Community, was said to have been shot dead at about 8pm on Tuesday along the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport Road.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the victim met his untimely death while returning home after a campaign rally at Umuowa Community, also in Ngor Okpala.
It was also learnt that the assailants trailed the LP candidate in an unmarked Jeep from the venue of the rally until they double-crossed his car a few poles from his hometown and shot him in the head, abandoned his corpse and fled.
Some of Ugwuezumba’s supporters who were in the same car with him were also attacked and sustained varied degrees of injuries.
That same Tuesday night, another indigene of Ngor Okpala Council, Mr. Bennett Nnaji popularly known as “Coach” who hails from Umuekwune Umuorisha in Umuohiagu Autonomous Community was murdered by unidentified gunmen.
Nnaji, 54, the only son of his aged mother, met his untimely death at Umuowa, a few metres from the Airport Junction, along Aba Road while returning home from his maternal home, Ndiama Ulakwo in Owerri North Local Government Area.
The deceased, father of three who resides in Abuja, had visited home to share moments with his mother during the general elections before he was cut down in his prime by the gunmen.
Though he was killed Tuesday night, our correspondent learnt that his body was only discovered yesterday morning by passers-by as the assailants had chased him into the bush where they shot him severally in the head under his dark-colour Mercedes Jeep with Reg. No. ABUJA-CN870RSH.
Meanwhile tension and palpable fear has gripped people of both Obiangwu and Umuohiagu communities as well as others in Ngor Okpala over the mystery surrounding the assassinations in the two sister communities.
Reacting to the incidents, the governorship candidate of LP in Imo State, Mr. Ngozi Olehi, told Nigerian Pilot that he was too stunned to comment on the murder of Ugwuezumba.
When contacted, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Enwerem, said that he had not officially received briefing on the incident.