Police Suspect IPOB/ESN Members of Killing LP Senatorial Candidate, 5 Others in Enugu
- Unknown gunmen recently killed an Enugu senatorial candidate running under the platform of the Labour Party
- The sad incident, which occurred on Wednesday, February 22, has gathered reactions in the polity, and the police in Enugu has said it will not allow the matter to be swept under the rug
- In a new development, the police revealed that it is suspecting IPOB and ESN members of killing the politician and five others
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On Wednesday, February 22, unknown gunmen attacked Enugu state and killed Labour Party's candidate for Enugu East Senatorial District, Oyibo Chukwu.
The politician was killed while returning from a campaign rally in the southern state of Enugu.
The attackers burnt the late Oyibo Chukwu's body after they shot him dead.
The gunmen also killed five supporters in the car with Oyibo Chukwu.
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The politician's death happened three days before the Saturday, February 25 election that has been described as the country's most competitive poll in 24 years.
Reacting, the Enugu Police Command has confirmed the killing of the Labour Party (LP)’s senatorial candidate for Enugu East, Oyibo Chukwu and his personal assistant by gunmen.
The commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, CP Ahmed Ammani, FDC, in a statement, said it had ordered a discreet investigation and manhunt of the "criminal elements" that are suspected to be IPOB/ESN members, a BBC Pidgin report confirmed on Friday, February 24.
Meanwhile, Police spokesman Daniel Ndukwu in a statement, said the incident happened Wednesday, February 22, when the assailants in a pickup vehicle attacked and set ablaze Chukwu’s campaign vehicle, The Guardian report added.
Ndukwu explained that the gunmen,
“Attacked and set ablaze the campaign vehicle of the Labour Party, at Eke-Otu Amechi-Awkunanaw Enugu, burning to death the Party’s Senatorial Candidate for Enugu East Senatorial District, Barr. Oyibo Chukwu (male) and his Personal Assistant (male) who was with him in the vehicle.
“However, the miscreants were repelled by security operatives while attempting to also attack the convoy of the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at Eke, Agbani, Nkanu West LGA.”
Peter Obi reacts
Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi called security agencies to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls for arrest, repatriation of Simon Ekpa to Nigeria
Recall that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo had asked the federal government to arrest and repatriate Ekpa to Nigeria, saying he is responsible for killings and violence in the southeast.
In a statement by its secretary general, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Igbo socio-cultural group noted that economic activities and other businesses were paralysed due to the insecurity.
Ohanaeze said it had identified Ekpa as being responsible for current killings in Anambra, Imo, Enugu and Ebonyi states.