Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State said those who killed the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Kenneth Nwosu, had also been killed by security operatives in a gun battle near Ikwuano area of the state.
Orji made this known at the funeral service for the late Nwosu, held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Amizi-Olokoro on Friday.
He said: “Nwosu was shot by kidnappers.
“He was shot twice for resisting an attempt to kidnap him.
“They shot him in the thigh and later in his abdomen when he resisted attempts by the kidnappers to bundle him into their car.”
Orji said a medical team, led by Prof. Austin Mbanaso, the Chief Medical Director of State Specialist and Diagnostic Centre, Umuahia, made frantic efforts to save his life to no avail.
Orji said that Nwosu distinguished himself as an agriculture expert and acquitted himself as a commissioner by bringing remarkable transformation to the ministry.
He said that the state was beginning to reap from his wealth of experience before death struck.
The governor promised to appoint another person as commissioner from Olokoro.
In his sermon, Ugochukwu Ezeoke Ezeoke, the Archbishop Emeritus of the Ecclesiastic Province of Aba, said the deceased lived a life of service to God and humanity.
Ezeoke said those who killed him dashed the hopes and expectations of the people as he made positive impact on the lives of the people that came across him.
Nwosu retired as Executive Director, National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike in Abia State before his appointment as commissioner.
He was killed by gunmen on July 9 while returning to his home at about 8.30pm.