Soldiers kill two in Imo, 6 days to election

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  • Okoroacha’s soldiers are responsible for killing- PDP

Soldiers who were on patrol have reportedly killed two young men in Imo State, South East, Nigeria.

The killing led to accusation and counter-accusations by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The incident according to report happened in Ejemekwuru, Oguta Local Area of the state.

There are conflicting reports about the incidence, while it’s reported that the killing was as a result of clash between soldiers and some youths, Imo State Commissioner of Police described it as a clash between cult members.

According to The Punch, the incident occurred at a campaign ground rally where the incumbent state governor, Rochas Okorocha, was canvassing for votes as the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Imo West in the February 16 polls.

The victims were reportedly shot dead after they had a confrontation with soldiers who were on ground to provide security.

However, the State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, said that only one youth was reported to have been shot by the soldiers as a result of cult-related issues, saying he had restored normalcy.

“The issue was cult-related. Some youths were having issues outside the APC campaign arena in Oguta LGA and Army officers who were on patrol in the area intervened, but they were attacked by the youths.

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“As I speak, I have recovered the plank and the cutlass the youths used in attacking the soldiers. I have also recovered the vehicle belonging to the APC, which the youths snatched.

“We have made tremendous progress in the incidents. Four suspects are in our custody. We are ready and we will ensure that Imo continues to be peaceful.”

Okoroacha’s soldiers are responsible for killing- PDP

Political colouration has been added to the incidence as the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has alleged that the soldiers who killed the two young men were attached Governor Rochas Okorocha.

In a statement issued in Owerri on Sunday by Kissinger Ikeokwu, PDP maintained that the killing of the young men occurred at the APC campaign ground and not outside of it, as the CP had claimed.

More details about the incidence will be provided.

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