By Tony Nyong
UYO â€” UNKNOWN gunmen, Monday afternoon, attacked and killed Mr. Anthony Akpan-Obong, a medical student of the University of Uyo, and brother to a popular politician, Dr. Emmanuel Akpanobong, who is the owner of St. Athanasius Hospital.
Akpan-Obong who was earlier kidnapped and freed after ransom was paid in April, was attacked while returning his daughter from a private nursery school in the state capital.
The hoodlums who were said to have moved on two motorcycles shot at Akpan-Obong severally before leaving him in a pool of his blood on Ukana Offot Street, off Aka Road, at about 3.00 p.m..
His corpse was deposited at the mortuary of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital after he was confirmed dead by the medical doctors.
Elder brother of the deceased, Dr. Emmanuel Akpan-Obong, rumoured to be eyeing the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial seat was, however, not on hand to speak when Vanguard called.
At the St. Anthanasius Hospital where Anthony was said to have assisted the brother to carry out a medical operation on a patient shortly before his untimely death, sympathizers, friends and relatives, were seen weeping for the 45 year-old.
Akwa Ibom, once a peaceful state had in the last couple of weeks witnessed several violent crimes, including assassinations and kidnappingsÂ perceived to be politically motivated.
The State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio had as a result of the spate of incessant killings petitioned the Presidency accusing political opposition of master minding the ugly development.