A 29-year-old man identified as Chukwudi Collins Chukwudi was on Tuesday, April 20, killed by a vigilante in Ebonyi state a few days to his white wedding.
According to reports, the man was attending a wake at Nediokpa in Okposi community, Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi, when the trigger-happy vigilante opened fire on him.
Narrating how it all happened, Late Chukwudi’s friend, Innocent Ezeogo, who reportedly accompanied him to the wake keeping, said;
“I am his friend, we attended a wake at Nediokpa Village in Okposi when a gun-wielding man, identified as Hosanna Aju, opened fire on him.
The gun man approached us shortly after our arrival at the venue and insisted to fire a shot in our midst. We protested against the move and when we stood up to leave the venue, the gunman shot my friend dead.”
Meanwhile, reports it that Late Chukwudi did his traditional wedding on March 6, 2021, and was set to wed on May 1, 2021, in Enugu State.
The man hailed from Amoji Nenwe in Aninri Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Speaking about his demise, the deceased’s fiancee, Juliana, said she is still in shock over the incident and called on the police to ensure the prosecution of the suspect.
“I tried all my best to stop him from attending the wake but to no avail. We are to have our wedding on May 1, but look at me. I am devastated,” she said.
Confirming the reports, the spokesperson of the State Police Command, DSP Loveth Oda, told newsmen in Abakiliki that the suspect is not a vigilante in Okposi.
“He could not explain the source of a locally-made double barrel gun, which he allegedly used to commit the crime” she said.
DSP Odah further said that plans had been concluded to arraign him.
She went on to appeal to community leaders to always report any person found in illegal possession of firearms to the police.