Unknown gunmen on Monday shot dead Lagos State Coordinator of The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries, Pastor Chukwuemeka Okpokpo.
The gunmen are said to have been on a motorcycle, following Okpokpo as he left a Diamond Bank branch where he had gone to withdraw N3 million for the church.
They are said to have shot sporadically in the air at Apple Junction, Amuwo Odofin area of the state, causing people on the street to flee.
Realizing he was the target, Okpokpo reportedly attempted to escape. As he was driving, he slowed down when he reached a bad spot in the road, and the hoodlums shot at the tyres of the vehicle he was driving, bringing the vehicle to an abrupt halt.
They subsequently shot him in the stomach and subsequently grabbed the bag containing the money and fled.
Reports further state:
A prayer session aimed at resurrecting him reportedly held between 12.30p.m. and 8p.m.
Some of the church members were, however, of the view that the gunmen could have been hired assassins and not robbers.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Police Command said it had begun investigation into the killing. The command said it was too early to say if it was a case of robbery or assassination.
A police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Vanguard: “We are leaving all avenues open in our investigation.”
Church members thronged Okpokpo’s Iju home to commiserate with his family.
The family members hinted that Okpokpo’s body had been taken to his home town in Amizi, Ikwuano Local Government Area of Umuahia of Abia State.