Three gunmen, suspected to be hired assassins, have killed the Chief Imam of Egbeta Mosque in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, Mallam Saka Afolabi.
Mallam Afolabi was on his way to the mosque in the early hours of Saturday when he was shot dead in the presence of his two sons.
He was said to have been shot on the chest.
One of his sons who was witnessed the killing, Mutiu Afolabi, said three boys including accosted them and pointed torch on their faces before shooting his father dead.
He said, “We were going to the mosque when three boys came on a motorcycle. One said, this is the man. They pointed torch at our face and shot my father.”
Confirming the incident, Edo Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Moses Nkombe said those fingered in the murder would be invited for questioning.
Nkombe noted that the claim of alibi was not sufficient for exoneration.
He said men of the homicide department have been tasked to fish out the killers.