Tragedy struck the family of Ime Akpata in Ukanafun Local Government Council of Akwa Ibom State while Christians in the state were celebrating Easter.

Ime, who was recently sworn-in as the Secretary of Ukanafun Local Government Council, was killed by unknown gunmen in the backyard of his farm at Ukanafun on Sunday.

His wife, Imo, who confirmed this incident to newsmen, said they went to Ukanafun to attend the Easter church service.

Narrating what happened, she said before going for a church service on Sunday, they decided to check on some pigs in the farm.

While she and the children were in the house, she heard gunshots.

When she tried to find out which direction the gunshots came, she saw four masked men walking away from the compound.

Ime had been shot severally in the stomach and left gasping for air in a pool of his own blood.

The Akwa Ibom Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu, also confirmed the incident.

He added that Ime died on the way to hospital. Investigation is ongoing to unravel the identity of the gunmen.