A Yenagoa-based senior banker, Adewale Adesanya, has been assassinated by armed men in Ahoada area of Rivers State.
Mr Adesanya, 39, who was driving his car to Port Harcourt on Saturday in the company of two others, was shot several times at about 3 PM before he rammed into the bush just by an NNPC filling station near Okobe.
The assassins followed the vehicle into the bush with further gunshots to ensure he never survived.
The names of two other occupants were simply given as Haruna and Samson, both of whom were well known by family and friends of the deceased.
The two young men escaped into the bush when they noticed that the gunmen were coming towards the car as the late banker tried to crawl out with his last strength.
According to statement obtained from Samson, who later resurfaced in Yenagoa, one of the gunmen repeatedly told a member of the gang to ‘finish him up’ and ‘offload’ him.
A team of police officers from the Ahoada-East Area Command later arrived at the scene of the incident to remove the corpse and the car.
Eyewitness accounts say no item was removed from the car apart from his GSM phone which the assassins took away.
The assassins had used the phone to alert his friend who called on the development.
A family source indicated that the late Adewale Adesanya, a banker of almost 10 years, was the account officer to many of the ex-militants on the payroll of the Niger Delta Amnesty Program.
He is believed to have been in a running battle over certain deductions from the amnesty allowance in line with the payment standing order.
The late banker, who hailed from Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State, was a socialite well known in Yenagoa.
He was married with 2 children while his wife is expecting their third child.