Affluent citizens of Enugu State, especially returnees from abroad are now shunning public functions, even as they have beefed up security in their homes. This is due to the killing of Dr. Ogbo Edoga, a United States-based financial economist, by gunmen on Boxing Day in his home town, Aku, Igbo-Etiti LGA of the state. Edoga was killed on December 26 this year by gunmen in the house of his kinsman where he stopped over while returning to his village home in Aku on the fateful day.
Since his murder, the prominent member of ‘Nsukka USA’, an elitist organization of professionals of Enugu North extraction, his home town, Aku, and Odenigbo area of Nsukka urban where the deceased was born, have been thrown into mourning as villagers and residents gather in clusters, looking moody and discussing the tragic incident.
The late Edoga left the United States mainly to raise fund for the construction of ultra-modern medical diagnostic centre sited at Ede-Oballa in Nsukka Local Government Area, in an effort by the organization to improve health care delivery in Enugu North senatorial district. The killers of Dr. Edoga were said to have shot him in the chest and waist after snatching a briefcase from him, even as he pleaded with his killers to spare his life. The hoodlums reportedly escaped in a car they snatched from a retired officer of the State Security Services (SSS). Information reaching the Sunday Sun said the snatched car has been spotted at 9th Mile Corner in Udi LGA, about 15 kilometres to Enugu. Edoga’s in-law, Hon Ogbo Asogwa, an ex-lawmaker, has expressed shock at the tragic death of Edoga, describing it as most gruesome and barbaric.
Commenting on Edoga’s killing, President of ‘Nsukka USA’, Eddy Agbo, said in a terse text message: “Nsukka has suffered a great tragedy with the senseless and untimely death of our brother, Ogbo Edoga, on December 26, 2012. ‘Nsukka USA’ has agreed to hold an abridged version of the event with candlelight vigil at the Princess Alexandria Auditorium, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), in honour of Edoga.
We are resolved to affirm and advance the great works of our fallen hero, Ogbo. He lost his life serving our people. Please, join ‘Nsukka USA’ to honour him and drive his passion forward.