An election observer has been shot dead at the home of Ayaogu Eze, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Umuonu-Umuida, Enugu-Ezike, Enugu state.
Circumstances surrounding the shooting is still unclear even as the bus of the group has been damaged. The home of Ayogu Eze has been cordoned off by a combined team of police and officers.
The victim is part of a group of observers monitoring the governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
After the shooting, the observer group was held hostage at Eze’s compound until a combined team of the police and army came to rescue them and took them to a nearby police station.
“We were almost killed there,” one of the survivors said. A source in the village who didn’t want to be identified said that the victim was shot in the head and he lost a lot of blood and may not survive. “His blood is everywhere if you go there,” the resident said.
The Enugu state police PRO, SP Ebere Amarizu, has confirmed the incident via a phone call. The police spokesperson confirmed that the victim is dead. The name of the deceased is Onuorah Odoh.
In another development, hoodlums on Saturday shot sporadically as they attacked the vehicle of Desmond Elliot, a Lagos House of Assembly candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The incident happened at about 3:00 p.m. at Akerele junction in the Surulere part of the Lagos where Mr Elliot currently represents in the assembly.
The attack is said to have been perpetrated by street boys who wanted the famous actor to stop and give them money. But the lawmaker decided to keep going. His vehicle was attacked and the windshield broken.
Supporters of Mr Elliot at a nearby polling unit, PU20, Ward 7, Surulere, quickly called in reinforcement to rescue the lawmaker.
Immediately he was rescued, thugs shot sporadically into the air, creating an even more tense atmosphere.
In a quick response, however, police officers attached to the nearby polling unit called in armed reinforcement who arrived to calm the situation.
Ad-hoc staffers of the electoral commission, INEC, were advised by security personnel to conclude their vote counting early before the situation escalates. By Deen REPORT