Clash between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Labour Party, LP, has left two persons dead and several others injured in Amagu Ikwo in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, the hometown of the state governor, Chief Martin Elechi.
An eyewitness who spoke on grounds of anonymity gave the names of the victims as Mr. Christopher Nworie from Okwerike village, Ndiagu Amagu Ikwo, suspected to be a supporter of the PDP, and Mr. Christopher Alobu, chairman of the community who is said to be Labour Party supporter.
According to the eyewitness, late Nworie was shot at close range in his house with an assault rifle on Wednesday morning by suspected thugs, adding that his body had been deposited at the Onueke mortuary in Ezza South Local Government Area of the state.
The eyewitness further stated that some persons who believed that the deceased was killed by the opposition party also invaded the residence of Mr. Alobu and brutally murdered him.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that there is fear and apprehension in Ikwo community as many youths, women and men are leaving the community in their numbers for fear of reprisal attacks and police arrest.
Meanwhile, in a telephone interview the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Chris Anyanwu who confirmed the killing of one person said that the command had received information that supporters of the two leading political parties clashed.
ASP Anyanwu stated that the command had deployed its men to the trouble area to ensure that peace was restored in the community, adding that the matter was still being investigated to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the political clash.
The Ebonyi State police spokesperson expressed regret over the continued disturbances in the state by political thugs and said that the command would not relent in its effort in ensuring that the forthcoming April 11 governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections in the state were violence-free.

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