The Ebonyi State Police Command has begun manhunt for the killers of Mrs Urenwa Kalu Chima, wife of Ebube Agu commander in Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Mr Oyeku Kalu Chima.
The incident occurred on New Yew’s day at about 0230hrs. The commander’s house was also set ablaze in the dreaded attack.
The state police public relations officer, Ebonyi State Command, Mr Chris Anyanwu, said those behind the attack were yet to be ascertained.
However, the husband of the deceased alleged that one Okporie Ashango and his group were behind the attack.
The police said, “A report filed in by CSP Ayodele Umujose, the Divisional Police Officer, Afikpo-South Division, Ebonyi State, has it that the Ama-Etiti Amaoso Edda youth leader, Nnachi Mba, reported that, at about 0230hrs of 01/01/2023, the house of the Afikpo-South Ebube Agu Commander, Oyeku Kalu Chima, located at Owutu Edda, was attacked and set ablaze while his wife, Urenwa Kalu Chima, was shot dead.
“It has not been established who perpetrated the dastardly act. However, the said Ebube Agu commander alleged that it was one Okporie Ashango and his cohorts that did it.
The commissioner of police, Ebonyi State Police Command, CP Aliyu Garba, has directed that immediate investigation be activated by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the State Criminal Investigation/Intelligence Department (SCIID) to unravel those behind the crimes.
“Further to that, detectives of the SCIID and operatives of the Command’s Tactical Teams have taken over proceedings in the area as the CP ordered that the perpetrators must be fished out and brought to book pronto.
“It is rather unfortunate that mischief-makers are still fomenting fracas in the state in spite of the grace of witnessing a new year!”