Suspected gunmen on Saturday, reportedly shot dead the winner of the 2006 Gulder Ultimate Serach, Hector Joberteh, in Lagos.
Nigerian Tribune reported that the deceased had gone out earlier Saturday morning to pick a relative from the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos State.
It was also reported that his assailants had trailed him from the airport to his home, where he was eventually killed.
An eyewitness said two men had forcibly gained entrance into the compound where Hector lived and questioned a few residents for his (Hector’s) whereabouts, after which upon sighting him, opened fire.
Hector’s father was also said to have been shot in the hand and is currently recuperating in the hospital.
Luckily, Hector’s wife, also a former contestant of the GUS competition, was said to be living abroad and wasn’t home at the time of the attack. The couple got married in 2013.
Meanwhile, friends and family of the deceased have expressed sorrow and anger on social media about the death of Hector. While various reports continue to trickle in, many are demanding justice for the slain Hector and demanding a safer Nigeria in general.
Olarinde Famous-Cole, Lagos Police Command’s spokesman, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation had begun.
By Tony Nwanne