By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—Unidentified gunmen have shot dead two persons in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State in the last two days.
The victims are Labour Party, LP, candidate for the state House of Assembly, Mr. Andrew Ugwuezumba, and an Abuja-based businessman, Mr. Bennett Nnaji.
Ugwuezumba, from Umunehi, Obiangwu, was murdered at Airport Road, while Nnaji, a native of Umuohiagu, was killed a few metres to the Airport Junction.
Speculations making the rounds in Ngor Okpala indicated that the killings were politically motivated, while some people think assassins were purely on rampage.
Vanguard gathered that Ugwuezumba had attended a political meeting at Umuowa, where he addressed party faithful, and was driving back home in his Toyota Sequia sports utility vehicle, SUV, when the hoodlums killed him.
When Vanguard visited Ugwuezumba and Nnaji family homes, close relations were too devastated to speak on the issues, but some villagers claimed that the deceased were shot at close range.
In the case of Nnaji, he was said to have relocated to his country home, Umuohiagu, for the presidential and National Assembly elections.
“He was driving home when the armed hoodlums gave him a hot chase and shot him several times at close range,” a villager said.
When newsmen sought the views of the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, he said the matter had not been reported to the state command at the time of the inquiry.