A former ward chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State who doubles as a party leader, Iniobong Lyons has been shot dead.
The Party leader was shot on Thursday in Uyo as a fallout of the #EndSARS protests in the city, several witnesses said.
He was not part of the protest; he was hit by a bullet as he stepped on to the road after coming out from African Church where he had gone for a church meeting, family and church members said.
Mr Lyons, an elder in the African Church, was a former PDP chairman in Asutan ward 1, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area and a former supervisor in the local government council.
When our reporter visited the victim’s home at Okop Ndua Erong, Ibesikpo Asutan, on Saturday morning, a delegation from the African Church, led by a bishop, Abraham Chia, was on a condolence visit to his wife.
“As humans, there is nothing else we can do in this circumstance apart from praying to God to console the family,” a member of the church said to the victim’s wife, Idorenyin.
The wife sobbed as the bishop and church members prayed for her, their three children, and the family.
“Father, console the family, and may the faithful who has departed from us rest in the bosom of Abraham.
“Lord, take care of the wife and the children, provide for them,” the bishop said in his prayer.