The interim Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) for Ward 9 in Umuogerem Obibi, Etche in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr. Chimezie Anucha, was shot dead by assassins on Sunday, April 6, 2014.
The incident happened between 7 and 8am at Achara Obibi area of the state.
According to report, Mr Chimezie who was also Chairman of Community Development Committee (CDC) of Obibi community had received a phone call asking him to come to Achara for a business deal. He was on his way, when he had a flat tyre and while trying to replace it, the assassins stormed the scene after they reportedly got information that he was in town.
They tried to take him away but he resisted which angered the killers. They then fired several shots at his neck, killing him on the spot.
A source however disclosed that before his killing, Chimezie had alleged that some members of the opposition party in the area were threatening to kill him.
Meanwhile, the people of Obibi are alleging that his assassination was politically motivated, saying that members of the opposition party in the area had been uncomfortable since he emerged CDC Chairman. They were said to be complaining bitterly that the position(CDC Chairman) gave him much powers, which he could use against the interest of their party.
According to a young man who pleaded anonymity, “We are afraid now. Nobody knows the next target. This is political. Some people are even leaving the area now.”
The victim, who was in his early 40s, left behind a wife, three children and an aged mother.
Investigation into his murder has commenced
Source: Daily Sun Newspaper