An aide to Chinedu Orji, son of Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia state was on Saturday shot dead by a police orderly, acting on the instructions of the younger Orji.
Eyewitnesses present say the shooting occurred at the declaration of interest in contesting for a senatorial seat by the governor in the forthcoming 2015 elections.
The sources say after a provocation of the governor’s son, nicknamed Ikuku by the aide, the former ordered his police orderly, to shoot Mr. John Ndubuka, his personal assistant.
The unnamed policeman followed his boss’s instructions to the letter, shooting Ndubuka three times in the chest. The victim collapsed and died on the spot.
They claim the governor’s son is the de facto governor of the state and has a penchant for power excesses. Cases have been reported in the past of him taking possession of any property he so desires, without due compensation of the owner. He is also rumoured to order people out of supermarkets when he enters to shop and bullies contractors, asking them to pay him before executing some of the contracts in the state.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr Eze Chikamnayo, has told journalists that Ndubuka was hit by a bullet that killed him from an unknown source while leaving the venue at the end of a successful civic reception organized by Ikwuano/Umuahia people for the Governor on §aturday.
Chikamnayo said the identity of the assailant is not yet known but stressed that the matter will be thoroughly investigated and assured that the police will uncover the killers and bring them to book.