The Transitional Local Government Chairman of Mbo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Okpo Ekere, has died of gunshot injury, one month after he was shot by protesting youths suspected to be from Ebughu.
He died on Tuesday night in an Indian hospital, where the state government flew him to for comprehensive medical attention.
Ekere was on his way to broker peace between two warring communities of Ebughu and Effiat in Mbo LGA when some youths from Ebughu waylaid and shot him on May 18.
It was gathered that the youth were protesting against the killing of their kinsmen, Mr. Dickson Dickson (38), and his friend, Mr. Godwin Onofi (33), by some youths suspected to be from Effiat.
It was learnt that the heads of the slain Ebughu men were severed after they were killed while their bodies were buried in sand.
As a reprisal, Ebughu youths were said to have spotted an Effiat man in the LG chairman’s vehicle and demanded that Ekere handed over the man to them.
But it was learnt that the LG boss refused and he was shot at close range. The shot ripped Ekere’s stomach.
A source said, “They also inflicted a machete cut on his head. I think they wanted him dead, save for his police orderly who pleaded with the youth to spare him.”
The riot policeman was said to have told the youth that Ekere was the LGA chairman and was on his way to Ebughu to broker peace between the two warring communities.