The Director-General, Scientific Equipment Development Institute (SEDI) Enugu, Prof Samuel Ndubuisi, alongside his police Orderly was on Wednesday evening shot dead by unknown gunmen in Enugu.
The tragedy occurred along the Centenary City Junction axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
Ndubuisi’s driver reportedly sustained injuries and had been taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
There were unconfirmed reports that Ndubuisi’s daughter, who was in the car when the incident happened, was abducted by the assailants.
Ndubuisi hailed from Mgbowo in the Awgu Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Enugu State Command, Mr Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the incident, although he added that information concerning the incident was still sketchy.
The PPRO, however, noted that the incident happened at about 1600hrs.
Ndukwe said: “Information surrounding a shooting incident today, 07/07/2021 at about 1600hrs, along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, said to have led to the death of a man and his police orderly is still sketchy.
“Meanwhile, the preliminary investigation has commenced. Further development will be duly communicated, please.”
The latest incident is coming barely 48 hours after the Chief Executive Officer, AutoEase, Mr Ifeanyi Okeke, was assassinated about two kilometres away from the point of Wednesday’s attack.