Gunmen have reportedly killed a popular lawyer, Darlington Odume popularly known as Omekagu, on Thursday in Imo State.

He was said to have been shot in the chest while shopping at a supermarket at Amaifeke in Orlu, in the Orlu Local Government Area of the state.

The victim was rushed to a hospital in the area but was rejected and referred to the Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, and died on the way to the teaching hospital.

It is believed that the deceased lawyer was handling some of the cases of those arrested in connection with the violence rocking the area.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, CSP Michael Abattam, who confirmed the incident said the state Commissioner of Police, Hussaini Rabiu has ordered a full scale investigation into the incident.

“The Commissioner of Police has already detailed the CP in charge of CID to do a full-blown investigation into the matter and to apprehend those behind the act.”

The killing came just 24 hours after hoodlums murdered the priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s Anglican Church Ihitte-Ukwa in Orsu LGA, Emeka Merenu.

Odume, a native of Umudara village in Amaifeke- Orlu, was called to the Nigerian Bar, five years ago.