BreakingNews 11/7/14 - Abia State Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr Kenneth Nwosu Shot By Gunmen

 [ Masterweb Reports ] - Dr Kenneth Nwosu, a former Executive Director, National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) Umudike, Abia State and currently Abia Commissioner for Agriculture was Wednesday night shot by gunmen. Nwosu was on his way back to his Olokoro Village home in Umuahia South Local Council during the time (around 8.05pm) of the incident at Umuajata/ Amakamma road by Stella Inter-Communication. Abia State Police Command spokesman, Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna who  confirmed incident said the victim shot several times in the stomach with bullets running through his intestines.

According to police spokesman, Nwosu was overtaken by gunmen in a Toyota Camry car who opened fire, spraying him with bullets before fleeing. In Ogbonna’s words , “The gunmen started shooting at him immediately and bullet touched his intestines. They continued shooting indiscriminately before escaping.” Asked whether the assailants were assassins, kidnappers or robbers, Ogbonna said, “From the look of things it was obvious they had a hidden agenda as they did not bother to remove any thing from him or collect his car , but investigations will unravel their real motive”.


Nwosu was rushed to Abia State Specialist Hospital where  doctors battled  to save his life.  Dr. Augustus Mbanaso, Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital told reporters Nwosu was seriously injured at his intestines and femur. ”His intestines were shattered and his blood pressure was vey low when they brought  him but we managed him till a level where surgery could be carried out.” Dr. Mbanaso said, adding: ”We  had to infuse up to four pints of blood on him before taking him to the theatre; x- ray will be carried out on his femur to determine the extent of damage on his bone.” The CMD who made the disclosure during Governor T. A. Orji’s visit to the hospital, said he was personally continuously monitoring the patient, describing his condition as stable. He said surgery was also performed on a woman who was affected by stray bullet of the assailants and that the patient was also responding to treatment. 


According to Dr. Mbanaso, the hospital operated under a Public Private Partnership arrangement which made it possible for doctors being able to attend to patients during doctors’ strikes, as was the case with the on-going strike action by doctors nationwide.


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