Gunmen believed to be herdsmen on Wednesday night killed a university lecturer and administrative secretary of Uzo-Uwani local government area of Enugu State, Dr. Nnamdi Ogueche.
Curiously, Ogueche, a senior lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, was shot dead along Iwolo road in Ezeagu local government area while returning from a peace meeting between his kinsmen and Fulani herdsmen in Enugu.
The meeting, said to have been at the instance of the governor’s Special Adviser on Security Matters, Brig. Gen. Fred Eze (rtd), in a move to find solutions to the raging disagreement between Adaba and Lokpa communities in Uzouwani and the herdsmen.
Farm crops belonging to the communities were incessantly attacked by the herders.
The assailants were said to have laid ambush for the late lecturer and three other occupants of a car he was driving.
As of the time of this publication, information about whether other occupants of the car suffered causalities or survived with or without injuries were unknown.
However, when contacted, chairman of Uzo-Uwani local government area, Mr. Fidelis Ani, confirmed the killing, adding that the immediate cause has not been ascertained.
He said a case had been lodged at Ezeagu police division for investigations, just as fear and heightened tension engulfed the council area yesterday.