A vigilante operative attached to Okpoko community in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State was yesterday hacked to death.
Emmanuel Nwankwo , a father of six and native of Ebonyi State, met his sudden death following his resistance to taking over of mantle of leadership of Okpoko community by Chief Edwin Emesinwa as President General from Linus Ezenwanma, the care-taker committee chairman.
An Onitsha High Court, presided over by Justice Chudi Nwanwko had in its recent judgement in a civil suit filed by Emesinwa asking the court to return him to complete his tenure as the president general of Okpoko town union, granted Emesinwa’s prayers, asking him to take over the mantle from Ezenwanma whom the state government appointed the care-taker committee chairman many years ago.
Armed with the court judgement, Emesinwa and his executive used the court bailiff and some policemen to eject Ezenwanma and his care-taker members.
Daily Trust gathered that less than 48 hours after Emesinwa and his supporters assumed office at the union’s secretariat, armed men suspected to be Ezenwanma’s loyalists laid ambush at the secretariat at 9 pm.
A source said the vigilante operative was killed as he tried to resist the onslaught against the Emesinwa group.
Confirming the incident, the Divisional Police Officer, at Okpoko, Gabriel Elaigwu, told newsmen that Nwankwo’s corpse had been deposited at the nearby hospital mortuary.