Gunmen have murdered Nnaemeka Ugboma, the chairman of Ejemekwuru Customary Court in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.
The judge was killed in court by gunmen who operated in motorcycles, while presiding a court session on Thursday.
The incident brought the court sitting to an abrupt end as lawyers, court staff and litigants fled.
The killing of the jurist who our correspondent gathered hailed from Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA caused panic in Ejemekwuru community as natives and residents alike fled their homes.
An eyewitness said, ”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 while they killed him. He was from Nnebukwu community in Oguta LGA here.”
When contacted, the chairman of the Owerri Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ugochukwu Allinor, who confirmed the killing said that the branch would communicate the public on its actions in regards to the incident.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Henry Okoye, did not answer his calls when contacted and he had yet to respond to a text message sent to his mobile number as of the time of filing this report.