By Ovie Okpare

The Majority Leader of Sapele Local Government Legislative Arm, Chief Venture Kagbude, has been reportedly killed by suspected assassins.

Chief Kagbude, who doubled as the Chairman of Okirighre Community in Sapele Local Government area of the state was shot dead by his killers along the Sapele-Effurun/Warri Road on Tuesday.

The deceased was said to be returning from Okuoke community situated along the Sapele-Effurun/Warri road where he had gone to inspect a house he was building for his mother when the gunmen waylaid him and shot him dead.

Sources told WARRI TODAY that the incident occurred about 6pm on Tuesday.

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The lawmaker who was also the chairman of HOSTCOM in Sapele Council until his death was one of the leading light against the activities of ritual killings and cult related activities in the area.

Late Chief Venture Kagbude, Majority Leader of Sapele Local Government Legislative Arm

He was married with two wives.

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Multiples sources close to the Sapele Council Chairman, Hon Eugene Inoaghan, confirmed the incident to our reporter.

It was learnt that the council had already visited the bereaved family of the deceased and vowed to ensure that the culprits are apprehended and prosecuted.

While also confirming the killing of the lawmaker, Director of Asaba and Osubi International Airport, Austin Ayemidejor described the deceased as a peaceful man.

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Ayemidejor said, “It is a sad news, a young man dreams to build a better society is cut short by gunmen, he will surely be missed.”

A senior police officer at the Sapele Police Area Command confirmed the incident on condition of anonymity. The source added that the police had already launched a manhunt for the community chairman.

However, efforts to get official confirmation from the Delta State Police Command were unsuccessful.

Repeated calls to the State Police Commissioner, Mr Adeyinka Adeleke and the Command’s PPRO, Onome Onowakpoyeya, were not picked at the time of filing this report.

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