A lawyer, Barrister Darlington Chidume Odume, popularly known as Omekagu, has been killed by gunmen suspected to be assassins in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
It was gathered that Odume, whose wife was a police officer, was shot dead at a supermarket in Umudara Amaifeke community in Orlu around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital but was rejected and referred to the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu. On the way to the teaching hospital, he died.
He was shot on the chest while he was shopping at Amaifeke Supermarket in Orlu. He was taken to a nearby hospital but they rejected him, referring him to the Imo University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, but he died there.
According to the source, Odume dealt with some of the cases of those arrested in connection with the violence in the area.
“Omekagu handled some of the cases of those arrested and believed to be innocent because of the violence in Orlu. His wife is a police officer. The entire community is mourning,” the source said.
Odume, a native of Umudara village in Amaifeke-Orlu, has been admitted to the Nigerian Bar Association since five years ago.
According to CSP Michael Abattam, who confirmed the incident, state police commissioner, Hussaini Rabiu, has ordered a full investigation into the incident.
“The Commissioner of Police has already instructed the Commissioner of Police in charge of CID to conduct a full investigation into the matter and to apprehend those responsible.”
A number of friends, family members, and colleagues have expressed their sorrow over social media.