Unknown gunmen on Friday night shot dead Mr. Ngozi Ijei, a special adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and his driver, at Ekpan, Uvwie local government area of the state.
Sources told The Nation that Ijei was shot dead by yet unidentified assailant, who left him in the pool of his blood afterwards. “Gunmen who probably trailed him to the scene opened fire on a silver color Toyota Camry. He and his driver died on the spot. We heard that huge sum of money was removed from the car, but nobody knows for certain,” a source said.His supporters, The Nation gathered, have sworn to launch reprisals on those they suspect of having engineered the killing.
Ngozi was standing trial for some crimes when he was released from prison and appointed SA on Community and Youth Affairs to the Governor. His murder is the latest in a bloody chapter which has seen a spike in insecurity in Ekpan and Jakpa Road areas of Uvwie LGA.No fewer than six persons were killed in the area in the last couple of weeks in the latest upsurge of violence before the botched February 16 general elections.
Governor Okowa yesterday condemned in strong terms the killing of Ijei. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, he said he was deeply saddened by the development.