Reports show that a serving corps member, Ekene Uwaoma, has been shot dead by some gunmen.
Further report from PUNCH confirms that the gun attack in Imo happened around 8. 30 pm at Ama -wire Junction , when the corps member and his friend, identified simply as MacDonald , were returning to their residence.
Sadly, the 23-year-old Uwaoma, hails from Umodu-Anara in Isiala Mbano L.G.A of Imo State and until his death, was a 2016 graduate of History and International Studies from the Imo State University , Owerri , and was undertaking his one year National Youths Service Corps programme in Ogun State.
His friend, MacDonald, has this to say concerning Uwaoma's death:
"We were returning home from where we went to buy food . Suddenly , four boys bearing arms stopped and asked us to surrender our phones . I quickly gave them mine , but Ekene (Uwaoma ) refused to surrender his phone."
“They started struggling and I ran away. They shot him on the chest and ran away. They also shot into the air to scare people away.”
"The gunmen didn’ t go with his phone. It was a pity . This was the first time somebody was killed in my presence. I am heartbroken . His picture keeps appearing in my mind . I can’t bear it ,” he added.
According to a family member, Uwaoma’s death had thrown his family and village into mourning , adding that the deceased ’ s mother had yet to recover from the shock of Uwaoma's death, who is her second son.
However, Chris Ezike, the Police Commissioner, confirmed Uwaoma's death, and has assured that the murderers must be brought to book.