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2 killed, 3 wounded in Ebonyi

At least two persons have been killed while three others were injured in Amagu ward one in Ikwo local government area of Ebonyi state.

The incident happened on Friday night, a day prior to the presidential and national assembly elections.

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The state’s Police Commissioner, Mr. Awosola Awotunde, confirmed the incident to journalists on Saturday morning.

He said their death were as a result of clash between supporters of two political parties – APC and PDP – in the area.

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“The injured ones are being treated in the hospital. We are treating them as suspects for now, as they were involved in the clash”, he said

The member representing, Ikwo/Ezza South Constituency and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Lazarus Ogbe, accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of masterminding the attacks.

The APC candidate for the Ikwo/Ezza South Constituency, Chinedu Ogar, hails from the ward where the incident happened.

Ogbe said that one of those killed was his agent in today’s poll.

He gave the name of those killed as Igwe  Ukwa and Egbe Oruke while those injured were Ejike Simon Igwe and Alo Nwamgbo.

The lawmaker also alleged that polling materials for the ward have been hijacked.

“Voters have come out and are waiting for election to commence but nothing is happening there that was what I was told but we have reported the matter to INEC.

His allegations could not be independently verified as at press time.

But the spokesman of INEC in the state, Mr. Andy Ezeani, said the security situation in the state was adequate.

Pressed on whether voting is going on in Amagu, he said, “I think so, I will have to talk to my people on ground and get back to you”.

Our correspondent who has covered four local government areas; Ezza South, Abakiliki and some parts in Ikwo and Onicha in the state observed that the exercise is going on peacefully at about 11:15am.

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