By Oginyi Ruth
No fewer than two persons have been reportedly shot dead by yet-to-be-identified political thugs in Ngbo Agbaja ward, Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
WARRI TODAY gathered the victims were shot dead on Saturday night in the continuation of political violence in the state.
This brings the total number of persons who had been killed prior to the postponed elections in the state to five as two were also similarly killed on Friday night.
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Our correspondent reports that there was still sporadic shooting in some parts of the state especially in Iziogo community, Izzi Local Government Area of the state at the time of filing this report
It was also learnt several properties including houses have been allegedly burnt down owing to the political skirmishes in different parts of the state.
No few than six people sustained gunshot wounds in the Saturday night’s attack.
Some of the injured are said to be receiving medical treatment at Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki 1 and 2, sources told WARRI TODAY on Sunday.
The victims were members of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
The Ebonyi State chairman of the PDP, Mr Onyekachi Nwebonyi, a lawyer confirmed the killing on Sunday.
While decrying the killings and political violence in the state, Nwebonyi called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.
He revealed that the victims were ambushed by political thugs who operated with Mercedes car and shot at them.
According to him, “I want to use this medium to condemn the wanton destruction of properties and killing of innocent Nigerians all over the nation.
“Of my particular interest is the wanton destruction of properties and killing of innocent Ebonyians in Ebonyi state. Few hours ago, I got a report from Izzi LGA that eight of our PDP members were shot. As I speak, two of them are dead.
“The opposition in the state is visibly out to instigate violence in Ebonyi state so as to scare voters from coming out to vote. I therefore warned them to desist from this act which is capable of causing unrest in the state.
“Let me also called on the security agencies in the state to immediately wade into investigation these killings and wanton destruction of properties to ensure that these does not escalate.”
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Loveth Odah said the matter has not been brought to her notice.