The chairman of Ejemekwuru Customary Court in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Nnaemeka Ugboma was yesterday shot dead inside his courtroom by some armed men.
He was killed by gunmen who operated in motorcycles, while presiding a court session, our correspondent was told by close sources.
The incident brought the court sitting to an abrupt end as lawyers, court staff and litigants fled.
The deceased hailed from Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA and his assassination reportedly 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.”
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 Imo State police command is yet to release an official statement on the sad event.