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Gunmen kill Imo PDP ward chairman in presence of his wife

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ward chairman for Ife/Akpodim/Chokoneze Ward in Imo State, Ezinihitte Mbaise council area, Smith Chiedoziem Anyanwu, has been killed by unknown gunmen.

The incident was confirmed to journalists in Owerri, on Friday by the Party’s Director of New Media, Lancelot Obiaku.

“It is true that the incident happened,” Obiaku said.

He, however, did not comment further on the circumstances surrounding the murder of the PDP ward chairman. It was reported that the unfortunate incident happened last week Thursday.

“He was killed in the presence of his wife. Eyewitnesses said the assailants were two in number, and rode on a motorbike. On arrival, they met his wife and asked about her husband. As soon as they sighted, and identified him, they fired several shots at him and left only when they confirmed he had taken his last breath.”

“The Ward Chairman’s murder has shaken both the PDP family and his community to their very foundation. Coming on the heels of the technical knockout the Party suffered in the November 11, 2023 Governorship election in the State, his murder couldn’t have been more depressing.

”However, an unnamed Party woman has recently threatened to harm him since after the last governorship election in Imo,” he added.

At the time of filing this report, the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Henry Okoye, was yet to respond to an enquiry on the matter.

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