Ebonyi: Assailants kill Ikwo Council Chair’s brother, three others


…Speaker condemns killing

Gunmen, on Wednesday, invaded Ekpaomaka community in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi, killed four persons and set a building ablaze.

Chairman of Ikwo Local Government Council, Mr Steve Orogwu, told journalists that the hoodlums attacked Ekpaomaka, his country home, killed his elder brother, two of his brother’s sons and a security guard.

He said the assailants also set his family house ablaze in the onslaught.

“They attacked my house at night and killed my elder brother and two of his sons, they killed our security guard and also set the family house ablaze,” he said.

He said the corpses had been deposited at a morgue in Abakaliki.

Police Spokesperson in Ebonyi, DSP Loveth Odah, declined comment as she said she was away on official assignment.

A credible police source at the Ikwo Divisional Police Station, who spoke on condition of anonymity, assured however, that the police would unmask the hoodlums and bring them to justice.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, EBSHA, Mr Francis Nwifuru, on Wednesday condemned in totality the gruesome killing of the three brothers of Ikwo Council Chairman, Stephen Orogwu, and one other by unknown gunmen.

Nwifuru, who is the anointed successor of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, made this known in a statement signed and made available to journalists in Abakaliki.

He described the alleged killings as unfortunate, adding that the killers may not be indigenes of the state.

According to him, “This morning, I received with rude shock, the despicable attack on the home of the Executive Chairman of Ikwo Local Government Area, Elder Stephen Orogwu, by unknown bad eggs, which resulted in the burning of his house and loss of lives.

“I condemn this unfortunate mayhem in the strongest possible terms. I can affirm that these unscrupulous elements are not for Ebonyians and do not represent our ideals as a people.

“As Government, we will toughen our security measures and redouble our efforts to root out all these bad eggs and fish out all of them, the culprits, to face the wrath of the Law.

“I condole the Orogwu family and the entire people of Ikwo Local Government Area,” he stressed.