Ebonyi council boss denies involvement in murder of opposition party member
Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
The Chairman of Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Chidiebere Agwu has denied involvement in the death of an opposition party member in the council area.
Mr Agwu was reacting to allegations levelled against him over the death of an opposition party member, one Oyibo Nwani.
Mr Nwani, it was learnt, was killed by yet to be identified persons on Saturday 18th March, 2023 at at Amautu Town Hall polling unit during the governorship and state assembly election.
He was the agent of the Action Alliance (AA) party for the polling unit.
Mr Agwu in a statement on Friday condemned the killing of Mr Nwani and vowed to do all within his powers to ensure arrest and prosecution of his killers.
He said that despite all the plots and gang-ups by opposition parties against the APC, its governorship candidate, Francis Nwifuru still won the election.
He noted that having lost woefully in the entire elections, the opposition elements in Onicha LGA are understandably angry, hopeless and frustrated
He, however, lamented that the opposition elements confused on their next line of action had resorted to smear campaign against him.
He said;”This explains why they have made fruitless efforts to link me to the unfortunate violence which led to the murder of one Oyibo Nwani, an agent of Action Alliance(AA) who was killed by yet to be identified persons at Amautu Town Hall polling unit on the election day.
“I condemn, very strongly, the gruesome murder of the young man, and i wish to use this opportunity to commiserate with the immediate family, the people of Amautu and the entire Onicha Igboeze clan over his loss.
“I will like to use this opportunity, also, to very honestly, state that I have no hand in the violence that erupted at the Polling Unit which led to the death of Oyibo Nwani.
” I was not at the polling unit when the incident occurred, and I did not send anybody to the polling unit, as had been carelessly and maliciously alleged by the opposition elements in Onicha”, je sisd
Mr Agwu said he will be suing all those who published the malicious and defamatory posts accusing him of masterminding the killing of Oyibo to court.
“They should prepare to provide enough evidence in court to substantiate their criminal allegations against me when called upon, as I am prepared to get to the root of this matter”
“In the meantime, I wish to assure the family of Oyibo, my good people of Amautu, and Onicha Igboeze in general that I will give every necessary support and assistance to the security agencies to ensure proper investigation, arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of this heinous crime”, he said.