Gunmen numbering about six on Saturday night invaded Umudunu village, Abagana in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State and allegedly killed one Mr. Chinenye Ikedimma, said to be an aide to an oil magnate, Prince Arthur Eze.
The incident which took place at about 11pm left some other persons at the scene with varied degrees of injuries.
Ikedimma’s corpse had been deposited at Bekee Hospital’s mortuary in Nimo, Njikoka Local Government Area of the state.
When our correspondent visited the deceased’s family house at Abagana, sympathisers were seen consoling with his relations.
The deceased’s sister, Ijeoma, said, “He had no inclination of any impending danger. He just finished his dinner and took a walk within the neighbourhood,” she said.
Some of the villagers who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said the killing might not be unconnected with the communal crisis between Abagana and Ukpo communities over a piece of land which had claimed some lives.
One of them said “Abagana people believe that our people working with Arthur Eze who hails from Ukpo and other prominent persons in that community might be giving them information on the plans Abagana people have on their ongoing tussle with Ukpo over a piece of land. So the option, as being speculated, was to ‘address’ their matter one by one”.
Speaking from his hospital bed at Okpala Hospital, Enugwu-Ukwu, Mr. Kenneth Ajaegbo, who sustained injury said he was on his way home when the gunmen attacked him.
“I ran home immediately they shot at me. It was when I got home that I discovered that I was shot at the knee. Blood was everywhere. My brother and I went to the Police Station immediately to give report before coming to this hospital. It was at the police station that we learnt that the aide to Prince Arthur Eze was shot dead.”
When contacted on the telephone, the Anambra State Police Commissioner, Mr. Sam Okaula, confirmed the incident.
He said: “This is an isolated case. It is a case of murder somewhere in the village. One person was also injured. My Area Commander has visited him in the hospital. Maybe he had some issues with somebody or so. But the police are on it and must smoke out the culprits.”
A consumer, who allegedly took expired beer, Mr. Ikechukwu Nnajidenma, has threatened to sue the Consumer Protection Council for allegedly treating his petition with levity.
Nnajidenma decried what he called the unfair manner the CPC handled his complaint on sale and consumption of expired beer purchased from a sales outlet located at Awba-Ofemmili in Awka North Local Government Area of the state.
He alleged that when he reported the matter to the CPC about the health hazards he and his guest had to grapple with after taking the drink.
He said since May 30, 2016, when the CPC alongside other security operatives raided the warehouse and impounded cartons of the products, the commission had yet to carry investigation into the matter.
Nnajidenma said, “After collecting huge amount of money from me to enable them to fuel their vehicles and undertake the raid, till today the commission has yet to apprehend the culprit and his agents who are allegedly selling the expired drinks to unsuspecting members of the public.”
He alleged that the CPC in Awka might have been compromised, threatening to sue the council in order to cause the agency to discharge its responsibility of protecting the public from unwholesome and hazardous products.
Speaking on the matter, the counsel to the complainant, Mr. Tony Anazor, accused the CPC of corruption and bias.
He said, “The commission has refused to issue a report of their investigation into the matter, even after several oral and written applications to that effect.”
When contacted, the South-East coordinator of the CPC, Mrs. Ngozika Obidike, confirmed that Nnajidenma reported a case of sale and consumption of expired alcoholic drinks and subsequent health complications to the council. (Punchng.com)