Gunmen, suspected to be political thugs, have shot dead the chairperson of Ezza North Traditional Rulers Council in Ebonyi State.
The victim, Igbokwe Ewa, was attacked and killed in his residence on Monday evening.
The Commissioner for Information in Ebonyi State, Uchenna Orji, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
Mr Orji, a lawyer, said the traditional ruler was shot dead for his refusal to support an unnamed candidate during the 25 February presidential and National Assembly election in the state.
The information commissioner said Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State was aware that “a number of candidates have been making provocative and inciting statements about the election results” in the state.
“His excellency the governor is directing the whole security apparatus of the state to move into Ezza North for a rescue mission. Anybody whose hand is in the killing of His Highness (Ewa) must be arrested immediately,” Mr Orji said.
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