The Chairman of the Rivers State Civil Service Commission, Chief Anthony Egobueze, has been assassinated by unidentified assailants.
Dr Rita Abbey, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Rivers Command, confirmed the killing in an interview in Port Harcourt yesterday.
The police image maker said Egobueze was shot dead at about 2 a.m. yesterday, June 11.
She said the hoodlums broke into the residence of the deceased, over-powered his security men and killed the victim in his room.
Abbey said that a distress call was received by the policemen at the control room of the State Police Command, Port Harcourt, at about 0300 hours and responded accordingly.
â€œFollowing the distress call, our men at Rumubiakani Police Station were detailed to respond to the call near Deeper Life Church, Mgboshimi.
â€œBefore the police could arrive the scene, the hoodlums had shot Egobuze dead and escaped,â€ Abbey said.
The police image maker also said that no arrest had been made on the matter, pointing out that full scale investigation had commenced on the incident.
At the office of the deceased at the old Rivers State House Assembly inÂ Port Harcourt, civil servants were seen in groups discussing the killing of the chairman.
A civil servant, who preferred anonymity, said Egobuezeâ€™s death would be a great loss to his Ndoni community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area.
â€œSince the end of the administration of former Gov. Peter Odili, most Ndoni people see Egobueze as their eye in government and his killing would create a big vacuum for his people,â€ he said.
An official of the Rivers State Civil Service Commission said the staff of the commission would miss the late chairman due to his humane and cheerful character.