Nnaemeka Ugboma, chairman of the Ejemekwuru Customary Court in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, was murdered on Thursday by gunmen.
Our correspondent was informed by reliable sources that he was shot and killed while presided over a court session by motorcycle-riding gunmen.
Lawyers, court personnel, and litigants fled as a result of the incident, which abruptly ended the court session.
The murder of the lawyer, who, according to our correspondent, belonged to the Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA, sparked panic in the Ejemekwuru community, prompting residents and natives alike to flee their homes.
According to one of the sources, “The jurist was a 1991 set.” He was killed while sitting in court. Motorcycles were brought by his killers. They entered the court, dragged him out, killed him, and then drove away.
His body was there as the courtroom was evacuated. Since no one knew why they killed him, the whole thing is baffling. He belonged to the Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA.
When questioned about the incident, Ugochukwu Allinor, chairman of the Owerri Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, who confirmed the killing, stated that the branch would inform the public of its subsequent actions.
As of the time this report was written, Henry Okoye, the state’s police spokesperson, had not returned his calls or responded to a text message sent to his mobile number.