[From CHINEDU NWAFOR, Abakaliki]
A lecturer with the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI), Mr Kyrian Nwoke, who was declared missing, Sunday night, has been found dead with gunshot wounds.
Until his death, Kyrian Nwoke taught at the Department of Physiology in AE-FUNAI.
His lifeless body was found along Abakaliki ricemill axis of Ogoja road on Monday, and his car, nowhere to be found.
It was gathered that the deceased was using his car for a taxi in order to fend for himself and his family.
The young lecturer decided to venture into taxi business, following the hardship occasioned by the lingering dispute between the federal government and ASUU which has led to the withholding of salaries of Lecturers for months.
The late Kyrian Nwoke was said to have gone missing on Sunday night after yet to be identified persons called him to come to Udemezue in Abakaliki to pick customers to a popular eatery along Ogoja road.
“The young man was a lecturer in Physiology Department, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike-Ikwo Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
“Owing to the withheld salaries of lecturers for over 4 months, Kyrian registered his car for taxi service to be able to feed his family (wife and his 2-year-old daughter).
“Kyrian was called to go and pick customers at Udemezue street and drop them at a popular eatery known for local delicacies at Ogoja road Abakaliki on Sunday 10th January. He didn’t return as his lifeless body was found the next day near the Rice Mill along the same Ogoja road with bullet wounds on his body and his car missing.
“My prayer is that the perpetrators of this evil act will never go unpunished. Ebonyi State Government and indeed security agency should sit up and bring the culprit to book”, the source said.
In a telephone chat with the State police spokesman, DSP Loveth Odah, she said the Command was not aware of the alleged murder of Mr Kyrian Nwoke.