Gunmen suspected to be assassins have killed a popular lawyer in Imo, Darlington Chidume Odume, popularly known as Omekagu, in Orlu Local Government Area.
It was gathered that Odume, whose wife is said to be a serving police officer, was shot dead at a supermarket in Umudara Amaifeke community in Orlu around 4:00pm on Wednesday.
According to The PUNCH, the victim was rushed to a hospital in the area, but was rejected and referred to the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu.
He died on the way to the teaching hospital.
“They stormed a supermarket at Umudara Amaifeke, Orlu and shot him on the chest and zoomed off. He was rushed to a hospital in the area but they rejected him, referring them to the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu but he died along the way”, the publication quoted a source as saying.
The source added that the late Odume was handling some of the cases of those arrested in connection with the violence rocking the area.
“Omekagu was handling some of the cases of those arrested and believed to be innocent due to the violence in Orlu. His wife is a police officer. The entire community has been thrown into mourning,” the source added.
Michael Abattam, spokesperson of the police command, who confirmed the incident, said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hussaini Rabiu, has ordered an investigation into the incident.
“The Commissioner of Police has already detailed the Commissioner of Police in charge of CID to do a full-blown investigation into the matter and to apprehend those behind the act,” he said.