A former senator of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr. Anthony Igboka, was murdered on Tuesday night by unknown gunmen.
The deceased was reportedly shot dead at his Oye Nimo village market square in the Njikoka local government area of Anambra State while returning from a meeting.
The Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the tragic incident, said the deceased was shot in his car near Nimo Market, adding that the state Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura had ordered a full-scale investigation on the matter.
Mohammed revealed that a 25 expended 7.62 mm ammunition was recovered at the scene, adding that preliminary investigation showed the victim was shot at a close range by four armed men who escaped in a pickup van towards Abacha-Eziowelle road.
He said, “At about 8:18pm of April 16, there were sporadic gunshots around Nimo Market in Njikoka Local Government Area.
“Police patrol team attached to Nimo Division rushed to the scene and discovered one Chief Frank Anthony Igboka on the driver’s seat of his Chevrolet SUV vehicle lying unconscious in the pool of his blood.
“His body was riddled with bullets. The victim was rushed to Beke Hospital, Nimo, where he was confirmed dead by a medical doctor and the corpse was later deposited at the hospital morgue.
“The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mustapha Dandaura, has visited the scene and ordered a full-scale investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident and bring perpetrators to justice.”