Randie Chima, a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, has been found dead in his room at Nwakpodulu Avenue, Awka, the Anambra State capital.
According to Punch, Chima was last seen on Friday evening “hale and hearty.”
A source, who preferred not to be named said: “I’m surprised to hear this story. That Randie is dead? We were together on Friday. He was hale and hearty. A good man is gone. Randie exercised almost regularly at Ekwueme Square.”
It was gathered that his room was forced open, when his neighbours realised he had not been seen throughout the day, and his dead body was found on the bed.
Haruna Mohammed, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the story to Punch, on Sunday.
He said: "There was a report at B Division, Awka, that one Randie Chima, aged 57 years, of Nwakpodulu Avenue and SSA to Anambra State Governor on Audio Visual Productions, slept the previous night and did not open his door the next day.
“When the door was eventually forced opened after several knocks by his neighbours, his body was found lying on the bed.
“Following the report, Police detectives attached to B Division, Awka, led by the DCO, visited the scene, photographed the victim and rushed him to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, where he was certified dead by a medical doctor.”
Mohammed said the corpse has been deposited at a morgue for autopsy, adding that there were "no marks of violence and no foul play suspected at the moment.”
He also noted that investigation was ongoing to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the death.