Nonsochukwu Uwa, Owerri
Gunmen who claimed that there would be no 2023 election in the South-East region have beheaded the Sole Administrator, SOLAD, of Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Mr Christopher Ohizu, who was kidnapped last Friday, alongside two others and his houses set ablaze.
This was contained in a video that went viral on social media by the gunmen.
The video showed a man they identified to be Ohizu kneeling with hands tied behind him in a thick forest putting only trousers as he was filmed by the gunmen.
The gunmen could be heard saying: “Hope, Hope you see this man kneeling here. You know this man. The way I am killing this man is the way I am going to kill you. You think hiring soldiers will save you.
“We are not ESN, IPOB, we are a set group of people that see what is happening in the land and we are saying no. We must fight to make sure that Biafra is restored. Biafra must be restored. As far as the Eastern region is concerned no election.”
It would be recalled that the police issued a statement after the gunmen took the murdered victim away saying: “On 20th January 2023 at about 0100 am, some gunmen number yet unknown attacked the home of the Sole Administrator (SOLAD) of Ideato North LGA of Imo State Mr Christopher Ohizu ‘m’, shot him on his leg, shot his two security dogs, burnt his house, abducted him and two others one Christopher Okeke ‘m’ and Onyedikachi Kanu ‘m’ after which they drove away to an unknown destination with one of the SOLAD’s vehicle.
“Operatives of Imo State Police Command including the APC crew are on trail to ensure the instantaneous release of the captives, possible apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators of this dreadful crime.”
At the time of filing this report the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in the state, Henry Okoye, was yet to respond to the incident.