Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has sacked two of his aides allegedly involved in a murder investigation. The incident occurred during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) councillorship primaries on Friday, February 21, 2020.
Further, Umahi directed the Ebonyi State Police Command to arrest the two aides for possible prosecution.
The directive was contained in a statement signed and issued by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG); Dr Kenneth Ugbala, in Abakaliki on Sunday.
Ugbala identified the affected aides as Uche Ibiam; the Coordinator of Ubeyi Development Centre of Afikpo North Local Government Area. The other person is Mr Ibiam Ogbonnaya, a Technical Assistant (TA) on security.
“The governor further directs security agencies to carry out investigations and prosecute all those found guilty in the crime in accordance with extant laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The governor assures Ebonyi people of their safety; as well as his readiness to sustain the peace and tranquillity reigning in the state,” he said.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Loveth Odah, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the matter had been reported to the Command.
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She said that the Command had already commenced investigation into the incident.
“We can confirm the death of Mr Enyinnaya Ibiam during the primaries at Afikpo North Local Government Area; as well as the recovery of a vehicle belonging to the coordinator of Ubeyi Development Centre; abandoned at the area.
“Information reaching us indicates that the coordinator allegedly hired and stormed the scene of the primaries with thugs; who shot sporadically, resulting in the death of one person and injuries to several people. When the vehicle was searched, we recovered a bag containing a locally made pistol and six live ammunition,” she said.
She said that the coordinator had not been arrested. Furthermore, she promised that the matter would be thoroughly investigated and the culprits brought to book.