March 31, 2020

One killed as Ebonyi PDP Council primaries turn bloody

One person was killed as the local government primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi turned bloody on Friday with pockets of violence recorded in some parts of the state

The victim, Enyinnaya Ibiam, who was a Staff of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Uwanna, Afikpo North Local government area, was shot to death by an unknown member of a rival group of the party in the area.

Though reports were sketchy at the time of this report, it was, however, gathered that the victim was shot by accident.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Awosola Awotinde, confirmed the killing.

He said the police are on the trail of the shooter and would soon arrest him to answer for his crime.

He, however, did not say the name of the shooter.

However, a witness said the shooter was a Development Centre Coordinator for one of the Development Centres in the council.

The witness, who spoke to on condition of anonymity for fear of victimisation, said there was a clash between two groups at the venue of the councillorship election at Uwana where armed thugs shot sporadically into the air to scare away voters. He added that it took the intervention of the police who stormed the area and stopped them.

“There was a serious problem but the police came and teargassed them and the boys were disparsed,” she said

“But later when the police left, the coordinator was said to have pulled out a gun and shot at his brother who is opposing his preferred candidate but fortunately he dodged the bullet and the bullet hit Ibiam who was standing at his back.”

Meanwhile, a wife of a journalist, one Ogochukwu Nweke, was allegedly attacked and stripped naked by some armed thugs in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State.