Pharmacist beats Imo APC chieftain to death Chidiebube Okeoma , Owerri

Tragedy struck in Owerri , the Imo State capital, on Saturday after a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress , Damian Ali , was allegedly beaten to death by the owner of Swift Tel Pharmacy and his workers .

Our correspondent learnt that the incident caused pandemonium at Umuguma Junction in the World Bank area of Owerri .

It took the intervention of personnel of the Owerri Police Divisional Headquarters to restore normalcy in the area .

Southern City News learnt that the deceased was from Nkarahu in the Ohaji / Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State and until his death, a chieftain of the ruling APC .

A kinsman of the deceased , Mr Dominic Okpor , told our correspondent on Sunday that the pharmacist and his staff beat Ali to death while the victim was trying to park his car in front of the business premises .

Okpor said , “He was beaten to death at Umuguma Roundabout yesterday ( Saturday) by the owner of Swift Tel Pharmacy and his staff , who came to stop him from parking in front of their shop .”

When contacted on Sunday, the state police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu , said the owner of the pharmacy was in custody .

Ikeokwu disclosed that the suspect reported himself to the police .
He noted that the state Commissioner of Police , Olaniyi Fafowora , had ordered investigation into the incident .

The police spokesperson said , “The owner of the pharmacy is in police custody . He reported himself . The CP has ordered the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department to take over the matter .”

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