The people of Ebiaji village in Amaezekwe community in Ezza South local government area in Ebonyi state have been thrown into mourning as the council chairman, Hon. Laz Ogbee, allegedly shot and killed a management committee member and former councilor of the council, Michael Idor.
Ogbee was alleged to have shot the victim at a burial wake-keep at the village on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the corpse of the victim was said to have been deposited at the mortuary.
An eyewitness alleged that the chairman directed his Supervisor for Works, Mr. Ejiofor Eleke, to bring the rifle from his car to register his departure, unfortunately for him because he was already intoxicated due to alcoholic consumption, he allegedly hit the victim on the neck.
The source added that Ogbee on arrival fired one bullet on the air before the event began.
â€œThe chairman of Ezza south and his supporters went to burial in Ebiaji village in Amaezekwe autonomous community in the council. When the chairman came, he brought out a rifle from his car and released one shot on air to signal that he has arrived.
â€œWhen he was about to go, by that time he was already intoxicated, he called one of his aides to bring the rifle, but unknown to him, he shot and killed the management committee member from the council, who is equally his ardent supporterâ€, the source narrated.
The source added â€œwhen it was discovered that the man has died, the council chairman directed his Council spokesman, one Monday Nwafor to carry the corpse to the mortuary, on the pretence that the victim is his brotherâ€.
Meanwhile on all efforts to reach the alleged culprit proved abortive at press time, but the state commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Mr. Chike Onwe, confirmed the death of the former council lawmaker. But he did not go further on the details of the alleged killer.
However, the member representing Ikwo/ Ezza south federal constituency, Hon. Tobias Okwuru, has called on the police to investigate the root cause of the incident.
Another source who pleaded anonymity said there high tension in the council over possible reprisal attack by the deceased family. When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Chris Anyanwu, said he was not in office because he was ill. He added that he has not gotten any report of the incident but promised to brief the press as soon as he gets the details of the incident.