Gunmen kill judge inside court
CITIZENS COMPASS– A customary court session ended in disarray in Ejemekwurun, Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State as gunmen opened fire on the court judge, Nnaemeka Ugboma killing him on the spot.
The incident occurred in the afternoon, on Thursday, February 2, 2023 when the gunmen, who came on motorcycles, invaded the courtroom, dragged Ugboma out, and shot him dead.
While escaping, the gunmen shot sporadically into the air to scare litigants and their counsels.
Reason for the killing could not be ascertained..
The slain judge was a native of Nnebukwu community in the same Local council and until his death presided over the magistrate court in Ejemekwurun
It was gathered that residents fled their homes during the attack.
A colleague of the victim, Emperor Iwuala, in a brief statement confirmed the killing.
Iwuala said, “My learned brother His Worship Nnaemeka Ugboma Chairman (Judge) Customary Court Ejemekwuru Oguta LGA Imo State shot dead yesterday in court by yet-to-be identified persons. We are indeed in a perilous time.”
The chairman of the Owerri Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ugochukwu Allinor, also confirmed the killing.
However, the state police spokesperson, Henry Okoye, is yet to comment on the tragic incident as of the time of filling this report.