Gunmen on Wednesday night killed and beheaded a middle – aged businessman simply identified as Chima.
It was gathered that the victim was shot and killed before he was beheaded by his assailants in the presence of his wife at Rumuekini community in Obio / Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
An eyewitness , who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that the incident happened around 11 :00 p. m. , adding that the killers put off the victim ’ s power generating set as a ploy to lure him out of his house .
It was gathered that the victim came out to check why his generator suddenly went off but was accosted by the gunmen , who shot , killed and beheaded him .
The source said , “The incident is shocking . Last night , Chima sat outside with his brothers and friends at a joint on the school road .
“ Later around 11 :00 p. m. , we heard that he was attacked in his house . We heard that the killers turned off his generator and when he went outside to find out what happened to the generator , he was attacked .
“ Immediately he came out , the boys shot him . He managed to run back into his house with the bullet, but the boys followed him , killed him and cut off his head . ”
Another source explained that the hoodlums had ordered the wife of the deceased to bring a kitchen knife after they had killed her husband .
It was learnt that the gunmen used the kitchen knife to behead their victim and also ordered his wife to carry the head of her husband in a bucket into a waiting car before they zoomed off.
The killing and beheading of late Chima on Wednesday occurred despite the state governor’ s stern warning to sanction Local Government chairmen and traditional rulers who condone criminality in their domain .
When contacted , the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State Nnamdi Omoni , confirmed the incident .