Some unknown gunmen on Sunday assassinated the Chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC), of Choba Community in the Obio-Akpor Local Government area of Rivers State, Lawrence Igwe.
Naija News reports that Idwe was killed on Sunday morning alongside another prominent member of the community.
The assailants were said to have forcefully gained entry into the house of the late Igwe, before penetrating multiple shots on his in his bedroom.
The Paramount ruler of Choba community, Eze Raymond Okocha, also said that the gunmen also attempted to attack him as he alleged that the gunmen stormed his palace and threw substance suspected to be dynamite at his gate in a deliberate attempt to break into his palace.
Okocha decried the increasing spate of killing in Choba community. He said that the killings can no longer be attributed to cultism but rather assassination targeted at personalities in the community.
“The killing of my CDC Chairman, Sir Lawrence Igwe, and one of my chiefs is no longer cult war. They killed one of my chiefs and tried to forcefully gain entrance to my Palace by throwing dynamite at my gate. This is an organized killing. Nobody is fighting cult war hear. The Police should try and beef up 24 hours security in this community,” Okocha said.
In recent times, Choba community had been embroiled in wanton killing of people, through beheading of their victims and cutting of their genitals, especially the male victims.
A condolence register had been opened for the late Igwe.
While reacting to the report, the Rivers state Police command through the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Nnamdi Omoni confirmed the killing but assured that the command was gathering information surrounding the assassination.
He said efforts are already ongoing with the view of arresting, prosecuting and making the assailants to face the justice.