Police confirm killing of 3 persons, destruction of Ebonyi APC chairman’s house

Police confirm killing of 3 persons, destruction of Ebonyi APC chairman’s house

By Christian Ogbonna, Abakaliki.

The Police Command in Ebonyi has confirmed the killing of three persons and burning of the residential building of Mr Stanley Okoro-Emegha, the state APC Chairman.

 

The three killed persons are Kalu Egwu, youth leader, Eme Orji, a younger brother of the State APC Chairman and an Inspector of Police attached to Special Protection Unit (SPU).

 

SP Chris Anyanwu, the spokesman of the command, told newsmen in Abakaliki on Tuesday that the attack occurred on Monday evening at Ekoli Edda community in Afikpo Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

 

Anyanwu noted that the police command was presently investigating the murder case as well as the damage wreaked on government and private properties in the area.

 

He said that the incident apparently resulted from a struggle for supremacy, concerning who controlled the area politically among two notable political stalwarts in Ekoli-Edda, Afikpo South LGA of the state.

 

“At about 1630hrs of Dec 26, a day popularly known as ‘Boxing Day’, a distress call was received that sporadic shootings and killings were going on at Ekoli-Edda between Ebubeagu operatives who accompanied their boss, Mr Stanley Okoro-Emegha, the state’s APC Chairman.

 

“The open shoot-out was not far-fetched from previous grudges existing among the political factions.

 

“In the process, a youth leader identified as Kalu Egwu was fatally wounded; he was later rushed to a neighboring hospital at Ohafia, Abia State, where he was confirmed dead.

 

“Angered by his death, the youth of the area mobilized and went on rampage, killing Eme Orji, a younger brother of the state APC Chairman and an Inspector of Police attached to SPU.

 

“The irate youths equally set ablaze the village house of Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha, his Toyota Hilux van and a Toyota Sienna space bus belonging to the Police Command’s Tactical Teams.

 

“When the Tactical Teams were dispatched to Ekoli-Edda to take control of the situation, they were ambushed by the youth of the area at the village entrance. However, the operatives manoeuvred unhurt,” he stated.

 

Anyanwu said that bodies of the three deceased persons had been evacuated and deposited at different morgues in the state.

 

“Two suspects were arrested among the irate youth, while others are still at large,” he added.

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