A councillor, Sotonye Georgewill, in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was on Sunday night killed by two gunmen.
Georgewill was stabbed to death at about 8.45pm on Accra Street in Port Harcourt by his assailants, who took to their heels after carrying out their operation.
It was gathered that the deceased, who represented Ward 2 as a councillor in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, was a member of the All Progressives Congress.
The councillor, who left a wife and two children behind, was said to have come out of his residence to wait for an unidentified person that called him on his mobile phone.
An eyewitness disclosed that Georgewill was hacked down as he approached a vehicle that waited for him in front of his residence.
His assailants, it was learnt, shot into the air to scare passersby away before zooming off with their Toyota Camry vehicle.
“Sotonye came out of his house after someone called him through his mobile phone and said he was waiting in front of the house. But two men came out of the car when he (Sotonye) got closer to it and one of them stabbed him on the chest and he fell on the ground immediately. The killers then shot into the air to scare people away before escaping,” the eyewitness, who preferred anonymity, said.
He, however, expressed suspicion that the murder of the councillor could be politically motivated, adding that Georgewill’s death could not have been without a reason since nothing was stolen from him.
The deceased, according to one of his relatives, lived in his grandfather’s house in Old Port Harcourt Town before he met his untimely death.
The State Police Public Relations, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, said he was not in Port Harcourt and could not speak on the matter.