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Gunmen kill INEC staff, kidnap wife in Ebonyi



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An Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, staffer, Mr. Emmanuel Igwe, has been reportedly shot dead by gunmen along the Ivo Local Government Area axis of the state.

The victim, an assistant electoral officer in Afikpo North LGA, encountered the assailants while on his way back from Abia State.

Reports gathered that the victim’s wife was equally kidnapped.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Ebonyi State Command, SP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, revealed that the incident occurred on Sunday around midday and said the gunmen shot the victim through his car’s windscreen.

“We have begun a manhunt for the assailants. We are hopeful that they will be apprehended. The victim was shot through the windscreen of his car.“

Newsmen learned that in recent times, the route linking the Ivo axis of Ebonyi State through Okigwe has become a den for kidnappers masquerading as Fulani herdsmen.


Motorists are usually not on that route, as they have chosen an alternative route to Imo, Abia, and Enugu States.

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