Police launch manhunt for killers of Labour Party Senatorial candidate
Enugu State’s Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani, has ordered a manhunt for the killers of Oyibo Chukwu, the Labour Party senatorial candidate for Enugu East in Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.
Chukwu, a former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, was attacked and killed alongside his supporters, with their bodies left in their vehicle by gunmen who operated in a Hilux van in Eke-Otu.
The State commissioner of Police, Ahmed Ammani, has condemned the killings, describing them as unacceptable in a modern democracy.
In a statement issued by the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the commissioner attributed the killings to members of the IPOB/ESN and ordered the intensification of discreet investigations and manhunt of the subversive criminal elements suspected to be IPOB/ESN renegades.
The commissioner has commiserated with the family members and parties of the deceased, vowing to ensure that the perpetrators are fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.
The police chief appealed to Enugu citizens not to succumb to the cowardly antics of the hoodlums, which are aimed at creating fear and disrupting the electoral process.
Preliminary investigations show that the armed hoodlums, operating in a tricycle, attacked a PDP campaign Mini Bus at Topland by Ebony Paint Road, Amechi-Awkunanaw Enugu and used petrol bombs 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 (male) 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 Progressives Congress at Eke, Agbani, Nkanu West LGA,” Ndukwe disclosed.