Lawyers in Imo and indeed Imo people have been thrown into mournful mood following the gruesome murder of Barr. Ndionyemma H. Nwankwo, former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA), Imo State.
His assassination has further swollen worries among Imo residents about the spate of increase in crimes in recent time.
Nwankwo was reported to have been murdered in his 43, School road Owerri, office last Saturday by gunmen who silently killed him and left him in a pool of his blood.
A release issued by the Imo branch of the NBA, signed by its Secretary, Chinedu Agu and availed News Echo stated that he was savagely cut in the neck with 50% of the flesh holding his neck.
Extracts of the release read as follows
”At about 8.15am today on my way to Church for 8.30am Mass, I received a call from the Chairman of the Bar, J.I Ogamba, Esq. detailing me to liaise with the former Secretary of the Bar, Ishmael Nkwocha Esq., to take Police to N.H Nwankwo & Co. at 43 School Road Owerri, to ascertain the safety of N.H Nwankwo, Esq. who left home for work yesterday Saturday the 6th day of February, 2021 and was yet to return from work.
“However, earlier to the call, Ishmael Nkwocha, who shares same office space with him had, in response to frantic calls from his family members over the uncertainty of his whereabouts, gone to his office to meet same locked. On opening the entrance door, he met Nwankwo’s main office locked and with traces of blood on the door to his (Nwankwo’s) office.
“Not very sure of the situation he went to the Homicide Section of the State CID, going with him Forensic Experts from the Police Headquarters to the office to have it properly opened by themselves in order not to contaminate evidential materials.
“When the forensic experts arrived at 9:56hrs with their gadgets, they opened the door only for us to find his bulky frame lying lifeless inside his office in a pool of his congealed blood.
“On a closer inspection, Nwankwo appeared to have been savagely matchetted by his Assailant, as a very gaping cut was seen on his neck, a monstrous cut of not less than of about 30cm with only about less than 50percent of the flesh in his neck region holding the head.
“Blood splashes were seen on the roof, fans, Printer, Computers, table, files, seats, books, bookshelves inside his office suggestive of a ferocious matchetting of his neck.
“Nwankwo was suspected to have been busy working as his Printer, Computer, and Standing Fan were on while a writing pad containing jottings unrelated to this incident and a Pen were found on his Desk.
“A bucket of water was seen in his office, with which the Assailant must have washed his hands and matchet used in this act.
“A search of the office revealed a matchet abandoned inside the Toilet of his office with which the assailant was suspected to have used to cut his neck.
“When his body which lay half prostrate was turned matchet cuts were seen on his Wrist also and the footprints captured by forensic experts suggested the act was done by two persons as the two footprints were unidentical.
“As at the time of this Provisional report, Forensic Experts are still gathering evidential materials for their use accompanied by myself, L.C Ugorji, Uche Osuji, Ishmael Nkwocha, J.I Ogamba, D.O Nosike and a host of other Lawyers.
The Imo Police Command has confirmed the incident.