Men suspected to be hired assassins have murdered an international businessman, Mr Kevin Ezekwem, in his Umuocha Awa country home in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.
It was gathered that the deceased commissioned his brand new hotel in the community and invited people to “come, drink and eat whatever they wished.”
It further was also learnt that the event turned sour at about 9pm when some young boys stormed the place and asked for a particular brand of beer (names withheld).
“As Kevin made to serve his supposed guests, the boys drew out their guns and started firing into the air and people ran for safety,” a female villager disclosed.
The villager added that the hoodlums shot him (Kevin) in his legs before taking him away in their waiting Toyota Camry car.
“The entire village was shocked beyond description when they discovered the same night that the hoodlums further shot their harmless prey in different parts of his body before dumping him in the premises of Community Primary School, Akabor,” the woman recounted.
Another male villager said the community’s vigilante group belatedly mobilised and pursued the invading assassins but were not early enough to save his life as the lifeless body of Kevin was found in a school.
“From the way the gory event played out, it is clear they were not kidnappers but assassins, who were possibly hired to execute the damnable act. The police was quickly alerted and they moved the corpse to a morgue,” the man said
He particularly recalled that Kevin had a heated disagreement with his wife, which culminated in his sending the woman out of the family home, stressing that three days after this incident, the blood-thirsty assassins struck.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Vitalis Onugu, confirmed the incident and promised to release information on the matter as investigations progress.