The commissioner of police, Enugu State Command, CP Ahmed Ammani, Thursday, ordered discreet investigations and manhunt of the killers of the Labour Party’s senatorial candidate for Enugu East senatorial zone, Barr Oyibo Chukwu.
Barr Chukwu was killed Wednesday night, alongside his supporters. They were attacked in their campaign Siena SUV, and burnt into ashes.
CP Ammani ordered the investigations after visiting the scene of the incident at Eke Otu, Amechi, Enugu South LGA of the state.
The commissioner also condemned the killing of a supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party the same yesterday by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.
This was contained in a release by the state police public relations officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe.
He stated that, “The criminal elements, in the night hours of 22/02/2023 at different locations, ambushed and simultaneously attacked and murdered Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP) members, and also attempted to attack the convoy of the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate.”
The commissioner condemned the acts, and ‘vowed to ensure that the perpetrators are fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law’, the PRO said.
He added that the CP reaffirmed the commitment of the police and other security agencies to ’emplace adequate security for a peaceful and credible elections in the state’, while urging the citizens ‘not to succumb to the cowardly antics of the hoodlums, which is aimed at creating fear and to disrupt the electoral process’.
Ndukwe said, “Preliminary investigations into the incidents show that the armed hoodlums, operating in a tricycle, attacked a PDP campaign mini-bus at Topland by Ebony Paint Road, Amechi-Awkunanaw, and used petrol bomb to set it ablaze, burning to death its driver, simply identified as one KC Great (male).
“In a similar fashion, another set of the same armed assailants, operating in a Hilux vehicle, 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, and his personal assistant (male) 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.
“Normalcy has generally been restored in the mentioned locations.”