Tension as gunmen slaughter, Athan Achonu’s relative, Poly registrar in Imo community

Tension has enveloped the entire Ezeala/Ezike autonomous community in Umuezeala, Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State following the gruesome slaughter of a deputy registrar of the Federal Polytechnic, Uwana, Ebonyi State, Innocent Obi.

He was a direct cousin to the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the November 11 Governorship Election in Imo State, Senator Athan Achonu.

Obi was said to have been killed by gunmen, operating under the guise of Biafra agitators.

The deceased, popularly known by villagers as Onye Army, was said to have retired from the military before joining the services of the Federal Polytechnic Uwana.

He was said to have also applied to be the next substantive registrar of the institution before his untimely death.

According to village sources, he had travelled home to his Umuoboama village for the burial of a relative, who was killed in the Northeast as a soldier,  when he was abducted and killed.

It was further gathered that no sooner than Obi had retired back to his family house in the village after the funeral last weekend than some hoodlums numbering over six had invaded his house around 10 pm.

The assailants were said to have operated in military and police uniforms.

“They broke through the main door and started using machetes and axes on him.

“His cry for help attracted villagers to the scene, but the boys who were operating on three motorcycles, started shooting consistently into the air.

“The shooting forced everybody who had come out for his rescue back. And they abducted Dee Onye Army from that Friday night, leaving heavy blood stains in the house”, one of the villagers said.

The source continued that the villagers the following day on Saturday had summoned a search party, which went in search of him.

“It was late Sunday afternoon that we got information about a decomposing corpse lying between Ehime Mbano and Ahiazu Mbaise. 

“When our people visited the scene that Sunday, it was the dead body of our brother, Dee Onye Army that we met. 

“They gruesomely butchered him beyond recognition.

“Dee Onye Army was a man who ensured that any youth who wanted to go to school got admission. So many youths were given admissions in his school. He never lived like a rich man, always unassuming.

“In fact, it was now that he started building his own personal house in the village and that building is just within decking stage before his death”, the villager said.

The incident is said to have left the community and its neighbours in great fear following the reoccurrence of similar killings and other related criminal activities in the area, particularly the killing of about five security operatives in the area.

It was learned that people who participated in the village were taken unawares as they had believed that security situation had improved in the area after the clearance of the place by security operatives following the killing of their colleagues last month.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Imo State Police command, Henry Okoye, said he was yet to be briefed about the incident .

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