A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Delta State was on Wednesday shot dead by a gang of suspected assassins in Ughelli.
The deceased, Chief Owei Brinimugha who hails from Bomadi council area of the state, was accosted by the hoodlums by Kess College junction along Iwhrekpokpor road, Ughelli at about 8:30pm, Vanguard reports
Eye witnesses at the scene of the incident were quoted as saying that the gunmen shot the victim who is in his early 40s thrice on the head, chest and leg after shooting twice into the air to scare away passersby.
According to one of the witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity, four of the gunmen alighted from their car while a fifth gang member waited by the steering of their car.
The source also hinted that the hoodlums after confirming the death of their victim, made away with his Toyota car in company of their own car.
Efforts to speak with the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Celestina Kalu was fruitless as at the time of this report.
However, a senior police officer attached to the Ughelli ‘B’ Division confirmed the incident, adding that the police is on the trail of the suspected assassins.