- Again, soldiers have allegedly killed a businessman in Owerri, the Imo state capital
- The incident occurred days after soldiers were also alleged to have killed a student in the state capital
- Family members of the deceased vowed to get justice for their brother who was reportedly shot by the soldiers at a checkpoint
There was pandemonium at Amakohia and Akwakuma communities in Owerri North council area of Imo state when soldiers at a checkpoint allegedly killed a 39-year-old businessman, Mr. Noel Chigbu.
The Nation reports that the deceased, a father of two infants with a pregnant wife, was allegedly killed by soldiers at the Amakohia flyover checkpoint around 10.00 pm last Friday, April 30.
He was said to have taken delivery of his new Toyota Camry car and was returning to his house when the incident happened.
A spokesperson for the family, Tobechi Chigbu, accused military men at Amakohia flyover in the state capital of killing his younger brother.
He claimed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations in the state told the family the soldiers said they shot him because he “violated their checkpoint rule.”
“His friend he dropped said that it was not up to two to three minutes he dropped him and left that he heard gunshots the destination Noel drove to and people including him scampered for safety. He didn’t know that it was his friend, my brother that was shot by the soldiers.
“All the four tyres were shot and deflected. We also saw blood on the driver’s seat. The front windscreen and all the window glasses were intact. Only the back windscreen was shattered with gunshots.
‘’When we uncovered his body we saw two bullet holes at the back of his head and one bullet hole at the backside of his chest region. The bullet is still in his body as we speak.”
The incident comes a day after soldiers allegedly shot and killed a student of the Imo State University, Owerri, near Douglas House, the seat of the state government.
According to the report, the victim was identified as Divine Nwaneri, a 25-years-old 100 level student of soil science and biotechnology.
Recall that on Sunday, April 25, the Imo commissioner for entrepreneurship and skill acquisition, Iyke Ume was shot by unknown gunmen in the state capital, Owerri.
The armed men also shot four other motorists during the attack which caused panic within the city.