Thugs kill Imo sus­pended coun­cil­lor

The Punch - - NEWS - Chi­diebube Okeoma, Ow­erri

THERE was tragedy at Umundugba, the head­quar­ters of the isu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of imo State on Mon­day as a sus­pended coun­cil­lor,

Ahame­fule Madu­abuchi, was shot dead by uniden­ti­fied po­lit­i­cal thugs.

This is even as the po­lice in the state said it had launched in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the killing of the politi­cian.

Our cor­re­spon­dent learnt that trou­ble started on Mon­day af­ter the sus­pended chair­men and their coun­cil­lors across the state be­sieged the 27 LGAS head­quar­ters with the in­tent of re­sum­ing du­ties.

They had cited the Supreme Court judg­ment in a case be­tween the sus­pended Ek­iti State LGA chair­men and the state gov­ern­ment wherein the apex court ruled that the gov­er­nor had no le­gal power to sus­pend duly elected LGA chair­men.

But the sus­pended chair­men met stiff op­po­si­tion from the in­terim man­age­ment com­mit­tee chair­men which led to a ri­otous scene.

A source said Madu­abuchi, who was try­ing to re­sume duty, was shot dead.

When con­tacted, the po­lice spokesper­son in the state, Orlando ikeokwu, said the state Com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Olaniyi Fafowora, had launched in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the killing of the sus­pended coun­cil­lor.

The po­lice spokesper­son said, “Yes, we are aware of the killing of one of the sus­pended coun­cil­lors at the isu LGA to­day (Mon­day) but the com­mis­sioner of po­lice has launched in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the killing with a view to ap­pre­hend­ing the killers.

“The Cp had a meet­ing with the sus­pended coun­cil­lors and they have agreed to sheathe their sword for now. The area is calm and the state is calm. peo­ple should go about their law­ful busi­nesses with­out fear.”

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