From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

Gunmen on Thursday continued their spate of killing when they invaded a court on session and killed the magistrate,Nnaemeka Ugboma, the chairman of Ejemekwuru Customary Court in the Oguta Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State.

A source from the area told our correspondent that the hoodlums who operated in two motorbikes dragged him out from the court before shooting him.

The incident led to panic as everybody in the court were said to have scampered for safety afterwards bringing the court sitting to an abrupt end.

According to the source “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.

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“His corpse was there as people in court fled. The whole thing is confusing because nobody knew any reason why they killed him”.

Ugboma hailed from Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA.

When contacted, the Chairman of the Owerri branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ugochukwu Allinor, who confirmed the killing said that the branch would communicate the public soon.

When contacted ,the spokesperson for the police in the state, Henry Okoye, did not take his calls.