Unidentified gunmen yesterday shot and killed a Kaduna-based legal practitioner who is also a chieftain of the Niger Delta Peoples Forum, Chief Jimmy Omogbereme, at his Malali residence in Kaduna metropolis.
According to eyewitness accounts, the attackers arrived the No. 1, Jimmy Close, Angar-Maisamari residence at about 1:45 a.m., overpowered the security guard and forced their way into the main house.
Wife of the slain lawyer, Alice, explained that there was unusual barking of the dogs followed by the security guard’s shout that he was being attacked.
She said, “After about 15 minutes, they moved into the sitting room and asked us to remain in the bedroom. I told my husband who asked us to keep cool and allow him handle the matter.
“I picked all the children and locked them up in the bathroom and from there I heard a loud gun shot and one of them came back and asked us to come out of the bathroom I and that he was not going to harm us.
“When I came out, I saw my husband in the pool of his own blood. I became frightened and pointed to one of the drawers in the room and asked him to check there if he could find any gold. Surprisingly, he left without checking any of the drawers to join his colleagues.
“After sometime, I heard the voice of the security guard and asked him if they had gone and he said yes but told me that they tied him to the bed.
“At about 2:30 a.m., the state security outfit, Operation Yaki, arrived in their van and moved into the house, untied the security guard and took my husband away, that he was unconscious and that they wanted to take him to receive medical attention.
“However, I overheard them telling our neighbour that its like he was dead but they had to confirm from the medical doctor.”
The security guard, Mr. Peter Sumnoe, who also narrated his ordeal, said the killers were five in number and that they forced their way into the expansive compound through the back fence, “after cutting the protectors on the fence.”
Kaduna State Commissioner of police, Mohammed Tambari Yabo, arrived the scene at about 10:47 a.m., yesterday. He said it was too early for the police make any statement on the murder.
The Kaduna branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) described the killing as shocking and promised to assist the police in their investigation.