Unidentified gunmen killed Udendu, editor of Anambra News, a monthly newspaper in southeastern Anambra state, while he was returning home at night from a commercial printing press in the city of Onitsha, news reports said. The journalist had gone to the printing company to see if the paper was ready for distribution, the reports said.
Chukwulozie Udendu, publisher of Anambra News and Udendu's brother, told local journalists that he had received an anonymous phone call on Saturday night in which he was told to retrieve the journalist's body from in front of a local restaurant, news reports said. Udendu had been shot in the hand and chest.
Emeka Odogwu, a reporter for the local paper The Nation, told CPJ that Anambra News covered general news stories, including politics, human rights, metropolitan life, and corruption. It is unclear if Udendu had covered any sensitive stories before his death.