A former Chairperson of Owerri, Imo State branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ndionyenma Nwankwo, has been found dead in his office.
The 64-year-old lawyer apparently killed on Saturday was found lying lifeless in a congealed pool of his blood in his office located at 43 School Road Owerri, on Sunday.
The secretary of Owerri branch of the NBA, Chinedu Agu, gave details of the preliminary observations from the scene of the incident in a statement on Sunday.
He said there were deep machete cuts on the deceased person’s neck and wrist regions.
According to him, Mr Nwankwo had left home for work and did not return on Saturday.
He said his worried family members, on Sunday, alerted Ishmael Nkwocha with whom the deceased was sharing an office space “over the uncertainty of his whereabouts.”
Mr Agu said on visiting the office Sunday morning the door to Mr Nwankwo’s main office was met locked but “traces of blood on the door.”
He said police forensic experts were invited to the scene, and after they opened the door with their gadgets, Mr Nwanwko’s “bulky frame” was found “lying lifeless inside his office in a pool of his congealed blood.”
He stated, “On a closer inspection, Nwankwo appeared to have been savagely macheted by his assailant, as a very gaping cut was seen on his neck, a monstrous cut of not less than of about 30cm with only about less than 50percent of the flesh in his neck region holding the head.
“Blood splashes were seen on the roof, fans, printer, computers, table, files, seats, books, bookshelves inside his office suggestive of a ferocious macheting of his neck.
“Nwankwo was suspected to have been busy working as his printer, computer, standing fan were on while a writing pad containing jottings unrelated to this incident and a Pen were found on his Desk.
“A bucket of water was seen in his office, with which the assailant must have washed his hands and matchet used in this act.
“A search of the office revealed a matchet abandoned inside the toilet of his office with which the assailants was suspected to have used to cut his neck.
“When his body which lay half prostrate was turned, machete cuts were seen on his wrist also and the footprints captured by forensic experts suggested the act was done by two persons as the two footprints were unidentical.”