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Regional News of Friday, 3 February 2023


Gunmen kill Imo judge in court

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Nnaemeka Ugboma, the chairman of the Ejemekwuru Customary Court in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State is dead.

Ugboma was killed on Thursday, February 2 by gunmen on a motorcycle.

According to The Punch, he was killed while presiding a court session, our correspondent was told by close sources.

The incident brought the court session to an abrupt end as lawyers, court staff and litigants fled.

The killing of the jurist who our correspondent gathered hailed from Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA caused panic in Ejemekwuru community as natives and residents alike fled their homes.

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 Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA here.”

His death was confirmed by the chairman of the Owerri Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ugochukwu Allinor. He noted that the branch would communicate the public on its actions in regard 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.