Unidentified armed men have matcheted to death a former chairman of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Owerri branch, Ndionyemma Nwankwo.
It was gathered that the ex-NBA boss was killed in his office on Saturday by the unidentified men.
According to reports, the lawyer went to the office on Saturday and did not return to his residence at School Road, Owerri, the Imo state capital.
A member of the association, Barr. Ikechukwu Nwaopara l, who posted on his Facebook page, said that the new chairman of the state NBA, Barr. J. I Ogamba had asked him to liaise with the former secretary of the association in search of Barr. Nwankwo’s disappearance.
He said they immediately went to the homicide section of the state CID and hired some forensic experts who followed them to his (deceased’s) office to discover his lifeless body on the pool of his congealed blood.
According to him, Nwankwo appeared to have been savagely matchetted by his assailants as evident in the monstrous cut of about 30cm into his neck region.
He disclosed that all electronic appliances in his office including fans, printer, computers and others, were stained with blood splashes suggestive of a ferocious cutting of his neck.
The barrister further disclosed that the police men, in their search, discovered the matchet used to butcher him in the office toilet.
He forensic experts said that the act was done by two persons as the two footprints seen were unidentical.
Meanwhile, his driver, who reportedly was the person with him in his office on Saturday, was no where to be found and his phone unable to be reached.
Former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and rights activist, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, confirmed the development in a post on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.
He said the deceased was the the Owerri branch chairman of NBA between 2005 to 2007.
“Ystrday in Owerri, Imo State in SE #Nigeria, some1 or some ppl walked into the ofc of Ndionyemma Nwankwo, matcheted him, locked up the body & had him bleed to death. He chaired
@NigBarAssoc Owerri 2005-07. His driver who took him to work & began with him last Nov can’t be found, ” Odinkalu tweeted.
Ystrday in Owerri, Imo State in SE #Nigeria, some1 or some ppl walked into the ofc of Ndionyemma Nwankwo, matcheted him, locked up the body & had him bleed to death. He chaired @NigBarAssoc, Owerri 2005-07. His driver who took him to work & began with him last Nov can’t be found pic.twitter.com/ItPfOktUeR
— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) February 7, 2021