Unknown gunmen on Sunday night shot dead a couple identified simply as Mr. and Mrs. Sampson Owobo in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Owobo who hailed from Edo State was a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police.

The sad incident, which threw residents and business owners into confusion, happened beside the Chisco Transport company office very close to the Owerri Area police command office which also houses the Owerri Urban Police Divisional headquarters at Egbu Road-Owerri, the state capital.

While the residents immediately ran inside and locked all entries leading to their apartments, business people locked their shops and ran home.

Reacting to the unfortunate incident, the spokesperson for the Police in Imo state, Henry Okoye, confirmed the murder of the couple.

He disclosed that the Police in the state were on the trail of the fleeing suspects.