Unknown gunmen on Wednesday, September 15 shot and killed a lawyer, Darlington Odume.
Sources said Odume, popularly known as Omekagu, was shot at a supermarket at Amaifeke in Orlu, in the Orlu Local Government Area of the state.
The murder comes on the heels of assassination of the priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s Anglican Church Ihitte-Ukwa in Orsu Local Government Area, Emeka Merenu by unknown armed men on Tuesday, September 14.
Odume, a native of Umudara village in Amaifeke, Orlu, was called to the Nigerian Bar, five years ago.
It was gathered that the the slain lawyer, who had his chamber in Orlu town, was handling some of the cases of those arrested in connection with the violence rocking the area.
According to sources, the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital in the area but was rejected and referred to the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu.
Sources said he died on the way to the teaching hospital.
One source told our correspondent that his assailants rode on a motorcycle.
He said; “They stormed a supermarket at Umudara Amaifeke, Orlu and shot him on the chest and zoomed off.
“He was rushed to a hospital in the area, but they rejected him, referring them to the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, but he died along the way.
“Omekagu was handling some of the cases of those arrested and believed to be innocent due to the violence in Orlu. His wife is a Police officer.
“The community has been thrown into mourning. His wife is a serving Police officer. This is very unfortunate.”
The source appealed to security agents to fish out the assailants of lawyer even as he called on government to protect lives and property in the Orlu axis of the state.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the state Police Command, Michael Abattam, confirmed the murder.
Abattam added that the state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Hussaini, had ordered a investigation into the incident.