Former Anambra lawmaker brutally gunned down in his car (Viewer Discretion Advised)

04/18/2019

Posted by: Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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Nigerian political violence rears its ugly head again in Anambra, Eastern Nigeria as gunmen cut down popular politician in his car. Get the gist & see photos here!

The night of Tuesday 18th April witnessed unknown gunmen assassinating Anthony Igboka, a former member of the state house of assembly. The horrifying attack occurred while the victim was in his car near Nimo village market square enroute from a meeting. Anthony Igboka popularly known by his traditional title ‘Mmili’ was a former Anambra State chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and was until his death, President-General of the Nimo Town Development Union (NTDU) in Njikoka Local Government Area of the state. In January, the deceased had been conferred the award of ‘Hero of Njikoka’ at a colorful ceremony at Njikoka.

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Late Anthony Igboka was awarded ‘Hero of Njikoka’ in January

Reports indicate 4 gunmen carried out the dastardly deed, and escaped in a pickup van towards Abacha Eziowelle road. Igboka was shot multiple times at close range in his car, and police investigators at the scene afterwards recovered about 25 spent cases of 7.62 mm ammunition. Confirming this, the spokesman of the Anambra State Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, said that the matter is being investigated. Among Other things, the PRO stated:

“Police patrol team attached to Nimo division rushed to the scene and discovered one Chief Frank Anthony Igboka on the driver’s seat of his Chevrolet SUV vehicle lying unconscious in a pool of his blood and his body was riddled with bullet wounds.”

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Anambra state gover has offered a 5m reward for helpful information 

Mohammed also affirmed that the victim was rushed to Beke hospital Nimo but was confirmed dead on arrival. The remains of Anthony Igboka has been since deposited at the hospital morgue for proper autopsy. Visibly embittered by this news, the Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, announced a 5 million naira reward to any person who can provide valuable information that can help the Police unravel the identities and whereabouts of Igboka’s killers. A statement made by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba, reads:

“Chief Obiano asked the intelligence and security officers to reenact the same level of enthusiasm and competence they exhibited in the arrest two weeks ago of Ikechukwu Udensi, the most wanted murder suspect in Anambra State, immediately he entered the state to collect illegal revenues."

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Anambra state governor ordered the police to reenact competence & enthusiasm

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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