The winner of the 2006 Gulder Ultimate Search, Hector Joberteh, was yesterday shot dead in Lagos by suspected assassins.
According to close friends of the deceased, Hector had gone out, earlier in the morning to pick a relative from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos State.
It is believed that the assailants had trailed him from the airport to his home, where he was eventually killed.
Eyewitnesses report that two men had forcibly gained entrance into the compound where Hector lived and questioned a few residents for his (Hector’s) whereabouts, after which upon sighting him, opened fire.
The assailants then escaped without stealing anything, leading friends and family to believe that this was an assassination.
A close friend broke the news with a Facebook post that reads, ‘Goodbye Hector joberteh the winner of gulder ultimate search season 3 winner….May your soul rest in peace and may the good God give ur fam fortitude to bear the loss ….He was shot to death by 2 unknown men in my street this morning.”
Hector’s father was also said to have been shot in the hand and is currently recuperating in the hospital.
His wife, also a former contestant of the GUS competition, was said to be living abroad and wasn’t home at the time of the attack. The couple got married in 2013.
Hector Joberteh won the 2006 edition of Gulder Ultimate Search, winning a cash prize of N5 million and a Ford Explorer.
Friends and family of the deceased have taken to various social media platforms to express sorrow and anger at the way he was killed. While various reports continue to trickle in, many are demanding justice for the slain Hector and demanding a safer Nigeria in general.