There was pandemonium at Amakohia and Akwakuma communities in Owerri North council area of Imo state when soldiers at a checkpoint allegedly killed a 38-year-old businessman, Mr. Noel Chigbu.
The report says that the deceased, a father of two infants with a pregnant wife, was allegedly killed by soldiers at the Amakohia flyover checkpoint around 10.00 pm last Friday, April 30. He was said to have taken delivery of his new Toyota Camry car and was returning to his house when the incident happened.
Tobechi Chigbu, a member of the family accused military men at Amakohia flyover in the state capital of killing his younger brother. He claimed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations in the state told the family the soldiers said they shot him because he “violated their checkpoint rule.”
His words: “His friend he dropped said that it was not up to two to three minutes he dropped him and left that he heard gunshots the destination Noel drove to and people including him scampered for safety. He didn’t know that it was his friend, my brother that was shot by the soldiers. “All the four tyres were shot and deflected.
We also saw blood on the driver’s seat. The front windscreen and all the window glasses were intact. Only the back windscreen was shattered with gunshots.
‘’When we uncovered his body we saw two bullet holes at the back of his head and one bullet hole at the backside of his chest region. The bullet is still in his body as we speak.”
The incident comes a day after soldiers allegedly shot and killed Divine Nwaneri, a 25-years-old 100 level student of soil science and biotechnology of the Imo State University, Owerri, near Douglas House, the seat of the state government.
Tobechi said, “Noel was one of my young brothers. He would have been 39 on May 18, but unfortunately, he was shot dead on the day he took delivery of his new vehicle. His corpse was dumped at the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri by the soldiers, who killed him.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations told us that the military men, who brought his car to the command headquarters, said they killed him for violating their checkpoint rule.”
He said the family would ensure that the soldiers, who killed his brother, were identified and prosecuted.
Tobechi said, “Noel was the owner of Shawarma Zone in front of the Home Away Palace by Ukaigwe Hospital, Akwakuma junction, Owerri.
“His (Noel’s) whereabouts became unknown as he didn’t return home that night. His wife became worried and started calling us. The number was ringing and nobody was picking it until about 5.30 in the evening of the following day. One person picked it and said that he was a policeman in the control room at the state police command headquarters in Owerri and asked us to come.