KELECHI UZOMAH, Owerri
Gunmen in police uniform suspected to be armed robbers have shot and murdered one of the youth leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo state, Chidi Eburuaja.
Eburuaja, until his death was the PDP youth leader in Owerre Nkworji, the political ward of the House of Representatives Committee Chairman on Banking and Currency,Jones Onyereri.
Owerre Nkworji is in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo state. His kinsman,Emeka Njoku who confirmed his death,said that the victim had driven to a nearby pharmacy when he was waylaid by the gunmen.
The source said “three armed men who were dressed in police uniform stormed a bar at about 8:45 pm.They were trying to snatch a vehicle from the victim but they could not succeed and they shot him.
“He was first taken to Joint Hospital, Amaigbo but was later transferred to UNTH Enugu where he died this morning (Saturday)
“The robbers made sure that they left in a car. After they couldn’t succed in taking the victim’s car, they went to a nearby pulp and snatched a vehicle without a number plate.The car had been recovered. It was dumped along Okigwe road. ”
He said that the development was unfortunate because the victim had come out to buy drugs for his ailing sister. “He was an active politician, community leader and responsible father. Apart from being the PDP youth leader, he was the town union secretary and his village youth leader”, he said.
The Director General, Campaign Organization,Prince Eze Ugochukwu told our correspondent that the entire campaign organization and the PDP family in the federal constituency were saddened by the death of the youth leader.
He said “The death of the youth leader was unfortunate. We are devastated and it is painful to note that despite the assistance Jones Onyereri rendered which necessitated his transfer to UNTH Enugu, we lost him.”There is something wrong with the health system of our state and we pray the police find his killers”.
All efforts to reach the police Public Relations Officer in the state, Andrew Enwerem, for comments proved abortive. It will recalled that it is not up to two weeks a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Amos Akano,who hails from the same Nkwerre LGA was kidnapped and murdered.
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