A 28-year-old man identified as Chononso Obasi has been shot dead by a soldier in Ovim community, in the Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State.
The incident happened at the popular Oriendo market in Ovim around 9:pm on Monday, January 3.
Residents told Punch that the soldier, who invaded the community in the company of his colleagues, had accused the deceased of blocking their way.
While the victim, said to be from Amune community, reportedly stood up to give way for them, one of the military officers allegedly shot him in the head, killing him on the spot.
A cousin of the deceased, Evangelist Ugochukwu Kingsley Bassey, who confirmed the incident, said that Chinonso was shot dead without any provocation.