Okegbulam, 22, who hailed from Egbu in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State, was allegedly shot in the head by Chima Anyanwu from Isiala Mbano near Afor Egbu market square.
According to an eyewitness, the deceased was lured out of her home by her boyfriend at about 7pm on Saturday, and on sighting his late girlfriend shot her at close range.
It was learnt that the boyfriend attempted to smuggle the deceased into his car before an unidentified woman raised an alarm that attracted passersby.
But the lover boy was said to have escaped before people arrived the scene.
Confirming the story to National Mirror yesterday, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Andrew Enwerem, a DSP, said the lover boy shot and killed the girl for refusing to marry him.
“We have received the report and according to information, the boy killed his girlfriend. The girl was said to have refused to marry him and as a result, he shot and killed her.
“He escaped after killing the girl, but parents of the girl know the boy very well as a boyfriend to their daughter.”
However, the spokesman said the police are on the trail of the suspected killer. “We are investigating the case with a view to locating the whereabouts of the boy and bringing him to justice. Parents of the deceased are also helping the police to identify him,” he said.