Chairman of Ejemekwuru Customary Court in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Nnaemeka Ugboma, has been assassinated.
Ugboma was shot dead on Thursday by gunmen who rode on motorcycles.
The Imo judge was presiding over a court session, according to PUNCH sources.
The incident brought the court sitting to an abrupt end as lawyers, court staff and litigants fled.
The killing of the judge, who hailed from Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA of Imo State, caused panic in Ejemekwuru community as natives and residents alike fled their homes.
One of the sources was quoted as saying, “The jurist was a law graduate of 1991 set. He was killed in his court while sitting. His killers came with motorcycles. They came into the court, dragged him out and shot him dead and drove off.
“His corpse was there as people in court fled. The whole thing is confusing because nobody knew any reason why they killed him. He was from Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA here.”
Chairman of the Owerri Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ugochukwu Allinor, confirmed the killing to the newspaper, adding that the branch would inform the public of its actions in regard to the incident.
Spokesperson for Imo State Police Command, Henry Okoye, could not be immediately reached for comments.