Gunmen killed a youth leader of the All major progressive alliances in Utuh, a community in Nnewi South Local Government Area Anambra Statesoutheastern Nigeria.
The victim, Emeka Alaehobi, was abducted by gunmen from his home in Ukpor community on Thursday.
He was reportedly killed on Saturday, two days after his abduction, and his remains were dumped at the Utuh crossroads in the area.
Ukpor, where the victim was abducted, is about an 11-minute drive from Utuh, where the gunmen dumped his body.
State Police Spokesman Tochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday.
He said the victim’s body was removed before police officers arrived at the area where it was dumped.
Mr Ikenga, a deputy superintendent of police, said police had launched an operation to find the killers.
Security in southeastern Nigeria has recently deteriorated with frequent attacks by armed individuals.
Anambra State has witnessed some of the worst attacks in the region.
Attacks often target security agencies, government officials and public facilities.
The latest attack comes less than three weeks after armed men were abducted and then beheaded Okechukwu Okoyea legislator representing Aguata 2 constituency in the Anambra House of Assembly.
Mr Okoye was killed on May 21 along with his aide, Cyril Chiegboka, six days after they were abducted along Aguluzigbo Road in the Anaocha local government area of the state.
The Nigerian government blamed the ban Indigenous peoples of Biafra to be responsible for the murderous attacks in the region. But the group has repeatedly denied the accusation.
The separatist group is leading the agitation for an independent state of Biafra to be separated from the southeast and parts of south-south Nigeria.
The leader of the secessionist group, Nnamdi Kanu, is in detention in Abuja where he is on trial for terrorism.
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