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A former Accord Party’s governorship aspirant in Akwa Ibom State was shot dead yesterday at his newly opened hotel in Mowe, Ogun State

The deceased, Okon Iyanama was also a former executive director, Marketing Communication of Globacom, and business mogul before joining politics.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the tragic death of my brother, Okon, in the early hours of Wednesday, 27th June, 2018,” said Victor Iyanama, a former attorney-general in the state and a brother to deceased.

Unknown gunmen reportedly stormed the ex-governorship aspirant ’s hotel in the early hours of Wednesday during a birthday party and shot him at close range in the neck region.

“They asked for the owner. When he was eventually identified, he was shot at close range in the neck region. He stood no chance. He died instantly.” Iyanama said.

“Okon papa had just recently opened his new Heritage Hotels and Resorts in Mowe, Ogun State where he spent most of his time trying to stabilise the management and sales techniques.

“While a birthday party was going on in the hotel, some men, suspected to be either armed robbers or hired assassins crashed into the place at about 12.30 a.m. with sporadic gunshots.”

In 2012, the deceased petitioned the then Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, over alleged unlawful arrest and threat to his life.

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