Gunmen on Tuesday killed a lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, Prof. Anthony Eze
The assailants stormed the deceased’s residence in Awka with a Toyota Corolla salon car, shooting him at close range.
A resident of the area, who preferred anonymity, said the deceased attempted to flee on sighting the assailants who rushed and shot him repeatedly in the chest.
He said: “We were here this morning when the man was driving out of his house and suddenly a Toyota Corolla salon car pulled towards the entrance of his house.
“When he tried to drive back the gunmen followed him and shot him, emptying about four bullets into his chest. As soon as they executed their plot, they fled to an unknown destination while we ran for our lives.”
He said the deceased was rushed to the General Hospital Amaku where he was confirmed dead by the doctor.
Police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga, said the Command was yet to receive report of the incident.
But Acting Director of Information and Public Relations, UNIZIK, Chika Ene, confirmed the incident.
She however said she was yet to receive full details of the incident.
Meanwhile, legal practitioners in Imo State on Tuesday protested in Owerri, the state capital, over the killing of the President of Ejemekwuru Customary Court in the Oguta Local Government Area of the state, Nnaemeka Ugboma.
Marching from the Bar centre on Owerri – Orlu Road in Owerri, they demanded an end to incessant killings in the state.
The lawyers dressed in black attires, with a banner and placards with various inscriptions, called for an end to killings in the state.
The chairman of the Owerri Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ugochukwu Allinor, in company of the four other chairmen of the NBA in the state, condemned Ugboma’s killing.
Allinor said the protest was to make the security agents in the state to sit up to their responsibilities.
He urged the government to provide adequate security arrangements at the court premises adding that there was need for all courts in the State to be fenced.
Allinor called on the police to apprehend the gunmen who killed the judge as well as those who beheaded the Sole Administrator of the Ideato North Local Government Area of the state, Chris Ohizu.
Chuks Agbugba, a lawyer, said the killing of the jurist was a threat to justice dispensation in the State.
Another lawyer, Tony Ephraim, said: “We are here to protest the constant killing of lawyers in Imo State and attack on court facilities by gunmen. The other time a former chairman of the bar was killed in his office. A lawyer was also killed in Orlu and now we are talking about the killing of the President of a Customary Court during a court session.”