The House of Assembly candidate of Labour Party in Ngor Okpala Constituency of Imo State, Andrew Ugwuezumba, has been murdered.
The 40-year-old, who hails from Umunehi village, Obiangwu Autonomous Community, was said to have been shot dead about 8pm on Tuesday along the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport Road.
The victim, according to a source, was killed while on his way home after a campaign rally at Umuowa community in Ngor Okpala. According to report, the assailants trailed the LP candidate in an unmarked vehicle from the venue of the rally, shot him at a junction and abandoned his corpse.
Some of his supporters who were in the same car with him sustained injuries from the attack and are currently receiving treatment in a hospital. In the same vain, another indigene of Ngor Okpala Local Government Area, Bennett Nnaji, popularly known as Coach, who hails from Umuekwune Umuorisha in Umuohiagu Autonomous Community, was also murdered by unidentified gunmen. Nnaji, 54, was killed at Umuowa, a few meters away from the Airport Junction, along Aba Road while returning home from his maternal home, Ndiama Ulakwo in Owerri North Local Government Area.
The father of three, who resides in Abuja, was in the village for the election when the unfortunate incident happened. Reacting to the incident, the governorship candidate of the LP in Imo State, Barrister Ngozi Olehi, said he received news of the death of the candidate with shock. Olehi described the incident as unfortunate and condemnable.