A former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Owerri Branch, Ndieonyemah H. Nwankwo has been murdered inside his office at 43 School Road Owerri Imo state, by suspected assassins.
The Imo State Police Command spokesman, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, in a statement released, said the command on Saturday, February 6, received a report concerning the gruesome murder of Nwankwo.
Ikeokwu said when operatives of the Command moved to the scene which is his office they met the lifeless body of the lawyer in a pool of his own blood, with machete cuts on his neck.
”Taking a further look around the office, a machete with blood stains, suspected to be have been the machete used in inflicting the cuts on him, was found on the floor.
“It was also discovered that his car and other yet to be identified items were taken away.” the police statement read.
Ikeokwu stated that the state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Mohammed, while asking for calm, has ordered an investigation into the matter, with a view to arrest the fleeing suspect(s) and recover the stolen items.
In the mean time, the state chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has released a statement confirming Nwankwo’s gruesome murder. The statement read
”At about 8.15am today on my way to Church for 8.30am Mass, I received a call from the Chairman of the Bar, J.I Ogamba, Esq. detailing me to liaise with the former Secretary of the Bar, Ishmael Nkwocha Esq., to take Police to N.H Nwankwo & Co. at 43 School Road Owerri, to ascertain the safety of N.H Nwankwo, Esq. who left home for work yesterday Saturday the 6th day of February, 2021 and was yet to return from work.
“However, earlier to the call, Ishmael Nkwocha, who shares same office space with him had, in response to frantic calls from his family members over the uncertainty of his whereabouts, gone to his office to meet same locked. On opening the Entrance door, he met Nwankwo’s main office locked and with traces of blood on the door to his (Nwankwo’s) office.
“Not very sure of the situation he went to the Homicide Section of the State CID, going with him Forensic Experts from the Police Headquarters to the office to have it properly opened by themselves in order not to contaminate evidential materials.
“When the forensic experts arrived at 9:56hrs with their gadgets, they opened the door only for us to find his bulky frame lying lifeless inside his office in a pool of his congealed blood.
“On a closer inspection, Nwankwo appeared to have been savagely machetted by his Assailant, as a very gaping cut was seen on his neck, a monstrous cut of not less than of about 30cm with only about less than 50percent of the flesh in his neck region holding the head.
“Blood splashes were seen on the roof, fans, Printer, Computers, table, files, seats, books, bookshelves inside his office suggestive of a ferocious machetting of his neck.
“Nwankwo was suspected to have been busy working as his Printer, Computer, Standing Fan were on while a writing pad containing jottings unrelated to this incident and a Pen were found on his Desk.
“A bucket of water was seen in his office, with which the Assailant must have washed his hands and Machete used in this act.
“A search of the office revealed a Machete abandoned inside the Toilet of his office with which the Assailant was suspected to have used to cut his neck.
“When his body which lay half prostrate was turned machete cuts were seen on his Wrist also and the footprints captured by forensic experts suggested the act was done by two persons as the two footprints were unidentical.
“As at the time of this Provisional report, Forensic Experts are still gathering evidential materials for their use accompanied by myself, L.C Ugorji, Uche Osuji, Ishmael Nkwocha, J.I Ogamba, D.O Nosike and a host of other Lawyers.
“Meanwhile, his Driver, who reportedly was the only person with him in the office on Saturday, is at the time of this report at large, with Nwankwo’s phones, and Car no where to be found.
“Arrangement has just been concluded to take the lifeless body to the Morgue.
“This is one death too many; one murder too savage!
(The Heartland Bar)