Two persons have been reportedly killed in Oriuzo, Ezza North local government area of Ebonyi state over an alleged political differences.
One Shedrak Nwode from Umuezoka, alongside a girl said to be his girlfriend was alledgedly shot dead by the Coordinator of Ezza North East development centre, Ikechukwu Nwafor, an appointee of Ebonyi state governor Dave Umahi.
Sources who preferred to lie low told Blueprint said trouble started when Nwode arrived at Oriuzo where a serving councilor from Ezza North was hosting thanksgiving and the people were shouting APC, APC (All Progressive Congress) and he quickly said that he is not of APC but of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
On saying that, the coordinator shuned him to behave himself or he be killed.
The source said, “The fight is supposed to be between PDP and APC. The deceased got to the venue of the event while they where shouting APC! APC!! He said he is not of APC but of PDP. As he made the comment, the coordinator of Ezza North East development centre shuned him not to say nonsense or they kill him. As the coordinator said that, the deceased asked why he should be threatened that way and asked if he doesn’t have the right to express himself.
“From that moment, serious argument broke out that the council chairman of Ezza North, Mrs Nora Alo, called the deceased for a talk, and after that they took pictures together.
“After about 10 minutes, the deceased left with the girl friend. While leaving the venue of the event he was ambushed by the coordinator, Ikechukwu Nwafor, and shot him at a close range on the head. It was a bullet from the deceased head that killed the girl he was carrying on his motorcycle.
“He went for a thanksgiving service of one of the councillors of the local government at Oriuzo, Ezza North.
“You know that two confraternity Baggers and Ayees have been having issues in the state. While Ikechukwu belongs to Barggers, the deceased belongs to Ayees. But the state government had taken measures few days back to make peace for the people, now another killing has taken place from a government official.
“The deceased is from Umuezeoka in Ezza North. His name is Shedrak Chinedu Nwode also known as mgbamgba, he was planning to get married.”
All efforts to reach the coordinator Ikechukwu Nwafor, the alleged killer of Chinedu Nwode proved abortive as available information revealed that he has been apprehended, and handed over to the police.
When contacted via phone, the police spokesperson, DSP Loveth Odah, said the command was yet to receive formal complain on the case.
“I’m not sure the command has gotten such complain, let me check my records and I will get back to you,” she responded.