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Palpable fear has gripped up in Akugbe Street, Ikpoba Hill in Benin City as some unidentified gunmen shot a taxi driver, Madueke Obiagu to death.
The incident which occurred on Monday was reported to be a strategic plan by some political parties to scare residents of the community ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the State.
It was also gathered that the taxi driver was shot in front of his house, located at Akugbe Street, off Santana Road, Ikpoba Hill, in Benin City.
His assailants allegedly attacked him while putting a battery into his Audi 80 car, with registration number BEN 236 XY.
Meanwhile, Wife of the deceased, Mrs. Ifeoma Obiagu, told our correspondent that, her husband had sent her to get some foodstuff at the market.
The mother of three who was in a sorrowful mood said on her arrival, she met the unfortunate incident.
She said,: “I don’t know how it started. All I remember is that he asked me to go to the market and return on time, as he wanted to go to work. He normally plies this road.
“As I was returning from the market, I noticed that the road was unusually quiet. Some people said that there were shootings at Omoigui. I decided to run into my house for cover.
“Getting into my house, I asked for my husband and was told that he was inside the house. But, getting into the house, they now told me to calm down, that he was shot while he was putting a battery into his car to start it.”
It was gathered that policemen from Ikpoba Hill division later evacuated the corpse of the deceased.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident.
He said, “On the 4th of March, 2019, at 11 am, the divisional police officer in Ikpoba Hill division, received a distressed call that a young man was shot by unknown criminals along Akugbe Street, off Santana Road, Ikpoba Hill, in Benin City.
“When police operatives arrived at the scene of the incident, they were told that some boys shot him dead.
“They were equally told that the deceased name is Madueke Obiagu. The body was immediately taken to Our Clinic Medical Centre QA mortuary at Ikpoba Hill.”