Staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, near Owerri, the Imo State capital, identified as Mr. Jude Opara, was last Friday shot dead by yet unidentified gunmen terrorising parts of the state.
Mr. Opara, a native of Ohio in Owerri West LGA of the state, was reportedly murdered by the assailants who had allegedly trailed him from a bank where he was said to have gone to collect some money.
Nigerian Pilot gleaned that the victim who until his unfortunate death was a Senior Assistant Registrar in the Registry of FEDPOLYNEK, was heading to the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Orlu Road, Owerri when the gunmen struck.
It was further gathered that the hapless man was shot exactly in front of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, AIFCE, Owerri and the trigger-happy assailants made away with the undisclosed amount of money he had on him.
A family source that confirmed the incident revealed that Mr Opara was riding on a tricycle when the hoodlums who came in a Toyota Avalon saloon car, overtook him and pounced on him, shot him three times before collecting the money and zoomed off.
Remains of the deceased who until his death was assistant secretary of Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization, OACCMO, has since been deposited at a morgue.
The source hinted that the wife of Mr Opara and the children have been thrown into mourning by the killing of their bread-winner just as their Amaram Extension residence in the capital city has been inundated with sympathisers among who were members of OACCMO.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of Imo State Police Command, DSP Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the assassination of Mr Opara and added that investigation had commenced to crackdown the fleeing killers.
He assured that the command had deployed all machineries and strategies to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous crime are brought to bear the full weight and wrath of the law.
Meanwhile, the polytechnic community has expressed shock over the dastardly killing of their staff whom they described as an easygoing comrade and wondered why anyone would kill him just like that.
Registrar of FEDPOLYNEK, Mr Matthew Aligbe, in his reaction to the incident, condemned it in its totality and implored security operatives in the state to try and fish out the killers of Mr Opara.
Describing the deceased as a utility personnel whose demise would remain a great loss to the polytechnic, Aligbe said that the institution and colleagues of Mr. Opara would miss him.

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