Former lawmaker of the Anambra State shot dead

Unknown gunmen on Tuesday night shot dead a former lawmaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Anthony Igboka.

Igboka, who was until his death the President- General of Nimo Town Union , it was gathered, was shot at Oye Nimo village market square in the Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State while returning from a meeting .

The Anambra Police command had confirmed the incident , saying that the Commissioner of Police in the state , Mustapha Dandaura, had ordered a full – scale investigation on the matter.

The state Police Public Relations Officer , Haruna Mohammed , who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Awka, said the deceased was shot in his car near Nimo market .

He said , “ At about 8 : 18 pm on April 16 , there were sporadic gunshots around Nimo Market in Njikoka Local Government Area .

“ Police patrol team attached to Nimo Division rushed to the scene and discovered one Chief Frank Anthony Igboka on the driver’ s seat of his Chevrolet SUV vehicle lying unconscious in the pool of his blood .

“ His body was riddled with bullets . The victim was rushed to Beke Hospital , Nimo , where he was confirmed dead by a medical doctor and the corpse was later deposited at the hospital morgue .

The PPRO said preliminary investigations showed that the victim was shot at a close range by four armed men who escaped in a pickup van towards Abacha – Eziowelle road .

Mohammed added , “ Twenty five expended 7 . 62 mm ammunition was recovered at the scene .

“ The state Commissioner of Police , Mr Mustapha Dandaura, has visited the scene and ordered a full – scale investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident and bring perpetrators to justice . ”

Mohammed appealed to the public to avail the command with information that could help in arresting the perpetrators of the dastardly act .

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