Christopher Eleghu, the Imo State Labour Party (LP) candidate for the Onuimo Local Government Area, House of Assembly Candidate was murdered by assailants.
Mike Abattam, the spokesman for the Imo State Police Command, stated that the incident occurred early on Friday morning at Mr. Eleghu’s rural residence in the Umucheke village of Onuimo council.
He claimed that the assassins, after killing him, set fire to his home, truck, and other belongings.
He stated that the commissioner of police for the state of Imo, Mohammed Barde, has ordered an investigation into the tragic incident and mobilized all tactical units of the command to pursue the perpetrators for probable arrest and apprehendment.
Victoria Chintex, a Kaduna-based LP female leader, was murdered a few weeks ago.
In the South-East state, gunmen have attacked offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in recent months. The most recent one, which occurred a few days ago, was fatal.
Governor Hope Uzodimma attributed the attacks to political actors in his reaction to them.
When he visited the Imo Police headquarters following one of the attacks, he said, “If we collaborate this with the events of the past, we have continuously said that what is happening in Imo State is politically contrived,”
“Some people think that they can win the election yet they don’t want the election. How would they now win?”
However, INEC stated that no essential materials were lost in the event.
“The attack affected the part of the building occupied by the Election and Party Monitoring (EPM) Department and one official utility vehicle (a Toyota Hilux pickup van) were burnt,” INEC’s National Commissioner Festus Okoye said in a statement hours after the incident.
“This is the third attack on the Commission’s facilities in Imo State in less than two weeks following the earlier attacks on our Orlu LGA office on Thursday 1st December 2022 and Oru West LGA office on Sunday 4th December 2022.”