Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has sacked two of his aides for their alleged involvement in a murder which occurred at the just concluded Peoples Democratic Party councillorship primaries held last Friday.
The governor, after dismissing the aides, ordered the state police command to arrest them for possible prosecution.
The directive was contained in a statement signed and issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Kenneth Ugbala, in Abakaliki, on Sunday.
Ugbala stated that the affected aides were Uche Ibiam, the Coordinator of Ubeyi Development Centre of Afikpo North Local Government Area, and Ibiam Ogbonnaya, a Technical Assistant on Security.
“The governor further directs security agencies to carry out investigations and prosecute all those found guilty in the crime in accordance with extant laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The governor assures Ebonyi people of their safety and his readiness to sustain the peace and tranquillity reigning in the state,” the governor said.
Speaking in the same vein, DSP Loveth Odah, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the command had already commenced an investigation into the matter.
“We can confirm the death of Mr. Enyinnaya Ibiam during the primaries at Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state and the recovery of a vehicle belonging to the coordinator of Ubeyi Development Centre, abandoned at the area.
“Information reaching us indicates that the coordinator allegedly hired and stormed the scene of the primaries with thugs who shot sporadically, resulting in the death of one person and injuries to several people.
“When the vehicle was searched, we recovered a bag containing a locally made pistol and six live ammunition,” Odah stated.