Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
SKETCHY deltails of how gunmen attacked the country home of Spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Mr. Ikenga Ugochunyere, have emerged.
Stonix News had reported earlier that the home of Ikenga in Akokwa in Ideator North Local Government Area of Imo State was invaded by gunmen, killing his uncle and destroying properties worth millions of naira in broad daylight on Saturday.
However, further information has revealed that besides his uncle, who was shot dead, two other persons, whose identities were yet to be disclosed, were also killed by the assassins.
They had stormed the house of the PDP candidate for Federal House of Representatives for Ideator North and South Federal Constituency to eliminate him, but because of the resistance of the security forces attached to him, they could not get to him.
The gunmen resorted to killing his uncle and two others as well as burning houses and cars in his compound.
Meanwhile, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abattam, said he needed details of the horrendous attack before issuing a statement on it.
However, the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), the apex socio- political youth group in the South East geo political zone, has condemned the assassination attempt and killings.
In a statement issued Saturday by the President General, Mr Goodluck Ibem, the group said that they received the news of the attack with rude shock and utter dismay.
He said that the assassins came to assassinate the CUPP spokesperson but because of the stiff resistance by the security forces attached to him, they could not gain access to him, but the ended up killing his uncle, two persons and burnt down properties in his compound.
He said this was the second time they were making attempt on his life.
The group condemned, in the strongest terms, the assassination of the three persons who did nothing wrong to be sent to their early grave.
”When did participating in campaign and electoral process become a crime in Nigeria?
“The last time we checked in our constitution, there is no where we saw that a Nigerian should be assassinated if he dares participate in electoral process.
“Nigeria has turned to a lawless country where people’s lives do not matter under President Muhammadu Buhari,” he lamented.
The group expressed surprise that in a democracy that guarantees freedom of speech and expression, that the CUPP spokesperson and the PDP, candidate for Ideato North and Ideato South Federal Constituency would be marked for assassination because he sometime exposed the electoral manipulation and rigging strategy of the ruling party APC.
He said that Ugochinyere in a World Press Conference had exposed the electoral fraud perpetuated by the APC during the Continuous Voters Card Registration exercise for the 2023 general elections where he showed proofs of APC registering dead persons and foreigners as those that will vote in the 2023 elections.
It warned those killers and their sponsors, who came to assassinate Barr. Ugochinyere who has always stood firm to defend Nigeria’s hard-earned democracy to have a rethink because if any harm should befall Barr Ugochiyere, there will be a corresponding response from the Nigerian youths.
He said: “The youths have woken from their slumber to take back their country and we will not be stopped by any antics of anti-democratic forces who have held our nation down”.