Ebonyi PDP urges probe into murder of INEC staff, wife’s abduction

The Ebonyi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party Campaign Council has urged a probe into the killing of a personnel of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Emmanuel Igwe, whose wife was also abducted by suspected gunmen, on Sunday.

The incident took place along Mpu (Enugu)/shiagu (Ebonyi) road, on Sunday, while they were returning from Aba, Abia State.

The Ebonyi State Police Command, while confirming the incident on Friday, linked the attack to Fulani herdsmen.

But in a statement, on Saturday, by the Media Adviser to the 2023 PDP Governorship Candidate, Abia Onyike, the main opposition party in the state said the Council received the brutal murder of the victim with shock and trepidation and urged the security agencies to swing into action to ensure that those behind this ugly incident were unmasked and made to face the full wrath of the law.Saturday PUNCH reports that the deceased is the son of a Deputy Director of Ebonyi 2023 PDP Campaign Council known as Anyi Ga Emeya Campaign Organisation, Rev. Dr. S.N. Igwe.

The statement read, “The Ebonyi State PDP Campaign Council has received with shock and trepidation the news of the brutal murder of Deacon Emmanuel Igwe, a staff of INEC, and the kidnap of his wife, also an INEC staff, on Sunday, June 18, 2023.

“They were reported to have been attacked along the Ishaigu axis on the Afikpo-Okigwe Expressway by gunmen. The information available to us indicates that the victim was on the steering wheel when he was shot and his wife abducted by the gunmen.

“We condemn this barbaric act of criminality and urge the security agencies to swing into action to ensure that those behind this ugly incident are unmasked and made to face the full wrath of the law.

“We sincerely commiserate with the family of the deceased and the Independent National Electoral Commission. We especially console the father of the deceased, Rev. Dr. S. N. Igwe, a Deputy Director of our Anyi Ga Emeya Campaign Organisation.

“We call on the Security Agencies and the State Government to investigate the killing and work towards the release of the wife of the deceased who is still under the custody of the hoodlums.”