Suspected assassins have killed the chairman of Udu Harbour Market, in Udu council area of Delta state, Freedom Odiete.
Odiete, who was popularly known as Opito, was ambushed by the suspected assassins in Ekete Community by Cross-and-Stop Junction, along the DSC Expressway in the council area on Sunday, October 11.
Late Odiete was said to have been driving in his Pathfinder SUV when the suspected assassins fire shots at him. He was reportedly shot on the left hand but managed to escape. The assassins then trailed him to where he had taken refuge along nearby Orhuwhorun road and shot him repeatedly.
According to sources, just last week, the deceased survived a similar attack and also escaped similar attack last year.
Residents claim the killing might be connected with disagreements on ownership of the Udu habour market by youths of Ovwian and Owhase communities in Udu LGA.
“This is the third time gunmen have gone after him. I was two poles away when I heard the gunshots renting the air. When the gunshots subsided we rushed out only to see that it was Opito (Freedom Odiete) that was killed. He was attacked last week but God being so kind, he survived it.
“We learnt that Owhase and Ovwian communities had been having issues of Udu Habour Market. He has been receiving threats from some persons over the issue,” a source told The Nation
Confirming the incident, the public relations officer of the state police command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said
“It is true. We only know that he was shot and it is a suspected assassination. The police is already on a manhunt for the killers”