The Local Government Councillor representing Ward 5 in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, Hon. Jude Adjekpogu, who was shot by suspected Fulani herdsmen some days ago is dead.
The PUNCH gathered that the councillor died in the early hours of Thursday at Warri where he has been receiving treatment in an undisclosed private hospital.
It will be recalled that the serving councillor was shot on Saturday, December 4, 2021, along Eku-Abraka road, by suspected herdsmen as he was returning from a function.
Ever since he has been bedridden, battling for his life following injuries sustained from the attack.
It was gathered that the kidnappers said to be herdsmen had blocked the Eku-Abraka road at about 5:30 pm on that fateful day and fired several shots into the councillor’s car, of which the bullets hit his abdomen.
Consequently, residents in the area have called on the Local Government Council and Delta State government to urgently wade into the recurring incidences of attacks by suspected kidnappers along the Eku-Abraka axis.
The Abraka-Eku road has in recent times become a nightmare for travellers as kidnappers and armed robbers daily prey on travellers.
Meanwhile, the local government chairman, Hon. Victor Ofobrukueta has assured that the cartel behind the upsurge in criminal activities in the area are closely under monitoring and will soon be brought to book.
The Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe could not be reached as of the time of filing this report. (Punch)