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TRAGEDY: Imo billionaire and senatorial candidate is dead; shot by aide

Imo billionaire philanthropist, Chief Ndubuisi Emenike, popularly known as Ototonwa is dead.

Ototonwa who was a senatorial candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) for Imo North Senatorial District in the 2019 general election was allegedly shot mistakenly on Sunday evening by an operative of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps who was his personal security aide.

According to reports so far gathered, the incident took place around 5pm during a victory party for the All Progressives Congress candidate at the rerun election in Okigwe North Federal Constituency held on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had announced the APC candidate, Miriam Onuoha, as the winner of the election when the tragedy struck at the APC's candidate house at Umunachi in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state.

The NSCDC officer had escorted Ototonwa to the victory party and was shooting consistently into the air and mistakenly shot his boss which brought the victory party to an abrupt end.

The victim fell and lost consciousness and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, St Joseph's Hospital, Umunachi, before he was later rushed to the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Owerri, in an ambulance.

According to an eyewitness, " Ndubuisi Emenike has been shot by one of his security aides. He was shot during APC victory party at Isiala Mbano LGA. He was shot at his lower abdomen by his aide, an NSCDC officer. This is very tragic and very unbelievable. We pray he makes it. The incident has shattered our victory party."

He was later pronounced dead at the Federal Medical Centre.