By; NWOGHA NDUBUISI ANDY, Abakaliki
The death toll from the violent clash at Onueke, Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State during the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Assembly primaries has increased to three.
Police spokesman in the state, Loveth Odah, confirmed this to newsmen.
She said that two more dead bodies were discovered by the police in a nearby bush around the venue of the primaries.
She also debunked reports that a police officer was injured in the clashes between rival APC factions.
“While APC (members) were having their Senatorial primary at Darling Star Hotel Onueke in Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, sporadic gunshots were heard from a
“Policemen deployed to the area for the exercise quickly mobilised and repelled the assassins. Upon combing the nearby bush, unfortunately, two lifeless bodies; a man and a woman were found in the bush.”
She gave the names of the dead victims as Mary Innocent, 40 years old of Agba in Ishielu Local Government Area and Ifeanyi Akwule, 45 years old.
Mrs Odah said the identity of the first victim, whose body was recovered from the area has not been ascertained.
“So, we are having three not five as being ‘speculated’,” she said.
The spokesman said the bodies have been deposited at OnuekeGeneral Hospital mortuary.
“Equally, one Chioma Linus, 43, of Ikwo Local Government Area, Orawo Regina, 32, of Ikwo and Ezinne, 22, were found injured and were rushed to Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki for treatment.”
The spokesman said the violence affected the primaries. “The process was truncated and the committee sent from Abakaliki for the senatorial primaries were evacuated to Abakaliki.
A combined team of armed policemen has been deployed to the area and normalcy has since returned,” she added.