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The Abia State Police command has corroborated the tragic incident of the beheading of Zachary Maduka, widely recognized as Power Zac, and a prominent member of the Labour Party (LP).
The 70-year-old Maduka, formerly the director general for Amobi Ogah, who represented Isuikwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency, reportedly met his demise at a gathering spot in the Amelechi Akpukpa community.
The Abia State Police Command, through a statement released by Maureen Chinaka, has officially verified the horrifying murder. According to the statement, at approximately 8:30 pm on Wednesday, the DPO of the Uturu Police division received undercover information about the tragic killing of Maduka, a resident of Ezieke Akpukpa, Uturu.
The statement revealed that Maduka fell victim to a brutal assault, including being shot, and was ultimately beheaded by unknown assailants. This occurred while he was at the drinking joint.
The PPRO additionally stated that upon receiving the information, a combined unit of police and army personnel was swiftly dispatched to the location.
Unfortunately, before the security team’s arrival, the attackers had managed to escape. However, the authorities were able to retrieve the victim’s body, which was subsequently placed in a local morgue.
The LP chapter in the region issued a statement expressing their disapproval of the brutal killing of one of their own and implored the police to investigate and identify those responsible for this appalling crime.
The Eastern Updates earlier reported that the deceased had served as the Campaign Director for the Labour Party during the 2023 elections in the Uturu region of Isuikwuato Local Government Area within the state.
Alongside his previous role, he also assumed the role of Campaign Director for Hon. Amobi Ogah, the House of Representatives member representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency.
Zachary, before his passing, also served as the Chairman of the Uturu Union’s home branch.
The Chairman of Labour Party in Abia State, Ceekay Igara, had verified the incident to newsmen previously.
He siad that he had reached the LP Local Government Chairman in the area who also verified that the news was true.
‘I have spoken with the Chairman of our party in the LGA and he confirmed it. He said it might not be unconnected with insecurity because the man was strong in the fight against insecurity and cultism in that region,’ he said.