The chairman of Ejemekwuru Customary Court in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Nnaemeka Ugboma, has been killed by gunmen suspected to be assassins.
NIGERIACRIME gathered that the assailants, who rode on a bike, killed the judge, while he was presiding a court session on Thursday.
Close sources said the ugly incident caused tension in the court building, bringing the court sitting to an abrupt end as lawyers, court staff and litigants fled the scene.
Also, natives and residents alike fled their homes, following the gruesome murder of the judge.
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It was learnt that the deceased jurist was an indigene of Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA in the state.
One of the sources said,” The jurist was a law graduate of 1991 set. He was killed in his court while sitting. His killers came with motorcycles. They came into the court, dragged him out and shot him dead and drove off.
“His corpse was there as people in court fled. The whole thing is confusing because nobody knew any reason while they killed him. He was from the Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA here.”
When contacted, the chairman of the Owerri Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ugochukwu Allinor, who confirmed the killing said that the branch would communicate the public on its actions in regards to the incident.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Henry Okoye, did not take his calls when contacted and he had yet to respond to a text message sent to his mobile number as of the time of filing this report.