By KASSIDY UCHENDU, Nsukka
A United States-based financial expert, Dr. Ogbo Edoga, was shot dead by gunmen in his hometown, Aku, Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area, Enugu State, yesterday. The deceased was a financial economist, who returned to attend the meeting of Nsukka USA, an organisation of Nsukka professionals in the United States to raise fund for the construction of an ultra-modern medical diagnostic centre in Ede-Oballa.
According to reports, the victim was trailed to the house of a kinsman by a five-man gang on a motorcycle, who accosted him and shot him at a very close range. He died on the way to the hospital. The bandits were reported to have escaped in a car belonging to a senior officer of the State Security Service (SSS), who was with the deceased at the time of the incident. The incident has thrown Aku community into pandemonium, disrupting programmes lined up by the villagers for the yuletide, notably the reception organised for indigenous priest and dedication of a new building by the twin brother of the deceased.
An eyewitness said the gunmen shouted at the deceased, “where is the money?” before opening fire. He reportedly pleaded with them to spare his life but they shot him with an AK47 rifle. Meanwhile, the Police Area Commander, Ros-Amson Halladu, confirmed the incident, describing it as hired killing. He also advised returnees to apply for police protection.