By Nkasi Kolie
Gunmen suspected to be assassins have shot dead a businessman, James Innocent at his residence in Ibagwa-Ani, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The incident happened at the early hours of Friday, October 1, Independence Day, which the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) also declared as sit-at-home in the Southeast zone.
Narrating the incident to securityreporters.com who was in company of the member representing Nsukka West Constituency in the Enugu House of Assembly, Mr. Emma Ugwuerua and the Administrator, Nsukka West Development Centre, Mr. Dominic Ajibo, who paid condolence visit to the deceased family, a close family source who spoke under anonymity said the assailants invaded his house at about 4am and dragged him out of his room after attempts to lure him out failed.
The source said that the gunmen on arrival reportedly told the deceased that some criminals were looting his provisions store, which is few metres away from his house, but he refused to yield to their antics.
According to the source, “when he refused to open the door, his assailants released three gun shots which shattered the aluminum profile window of the room and used dynamite to force the iron door open.
“They dragged him out of the room and shot him dead. After they had gruesomely murdered him, they released two gunshots again and went away”, the source said.
It was gathered that the deceased hailed from Taraba State while his wife, Lami James Ifeoma, hails from Ovoko,in Igbo Eze-South LGA also in Enugu State.
Meanwhile, the incident has been reported to the police at Okpuje Division, while his body was deposited at Bishop Shanahan Hospital mortuary, Nsukka.
Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr Daniel Ndukwe, said there was a reported case of suspected assassination, adding that investigation has commenced.