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Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Friday murdered a police officer rendering security for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Orlu, Imo State.
The Eastern Updates reports that the identity of the officer was not made public, but the corpse has been deposited in a nearby mortuary.
The state resident electoral commissioner Prof. Sylvia Uchenna Agu, confirmed the incident after inspecting the vicinity.
The Imo REC has revealed that the withdrawal of more than 100 trained youth corps members for the elections in that area was a great challenge as she is looking forward to replacing them with students before the commencement of the election.
Orlu in Imo State has been a volatile area in the last one year as gunmen are insisting that there would be no elections in the Southeast.
When contacted the police public relations officer, Henry Okafor, stressed that the command will leave no stone unturned, so as to arrest the suspects.
Recall that gunmen intensified their nefarious activities in Imo State when they set a woman, Grace Ngwu, on fire at Amagu, Ihube, in Okigwe Local Government Area of the state.
The Eastern Updates reports that also razed in the attack were houses of the Imo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Emeka Okoronkwo, and the country home of former commissioner for information during Rochas Okorocha’s tenure, Professor Nnamdi Obiaraeri, who also served as commissioner for land and urban planning during Chief Ikedi Ohakim’s administration.
The hoodlums were said to have moved to the home of a retired Director of State Services (DSS), Emeka Ngwu, at about 5. 30am same day where the woman believed to be a relation of the retired DSS official was burnt beyond recognition.