Chief Philip Udala, Chairman of Udala FC, Uke, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State has been shot dead.
Udala, a grassroots football development guru met his untimely death when his convoy ran into a team of armed gunmen at Eke-Agu Market junction in Abatete, Idemili North Local Area.
The gunmen had reportedly attacked a local police station and were fleeing the scene when they met the convoy of Udala in Abatete.
Godsent Eriobu, Udala FC Manager and Secretary of Anambra Independent League (AIFL) who was also in the convoy was equally shot and died instantly at the scene on Tuesday.
Rev. Fr Obinna Dike, Chairman of AIFL who confirmed the death of Udala on Wednesday said the amateur league had lost two important members of the football family.
“So sad, our worst fears are becoming reality, we lost them,” he said in a text.
Confirming the incident, Police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga described it as unfortunate, saying it was a case of armed hoodlums blocking and attacked unsuspecting individuals.
“The Command has since commenced investigation. Further details shall be communicated please,” he added.