Two killed, 47 arrested in Anambra violence

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Two people were reportedly killed in Saturday’s House of Assembly election in Anambra State while 47 election offenders were arrested.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this in a press briefing on Saturday.

He said the two persons were killed in Obasi, in the Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.

The PPRO added, “There was an isolated incident of the cult clash of two rival factions, Black Axe and Vickings Confraternity, leading to the death of two yet-to-be-identified persons at Obosi. The case is under investigation and efforts being intensified to apprehend fleeing suspects.

The police spokesperson said the offences of those arrested included disruption of elections, malicious damage, thuggery, assault, and unlawful possession of the firearm.

He said exhibits recovered from them included two double-barrelled guns, one locally made pistol, four life ammunition, three expanded ammunition, one Toyota Hilux, one L300 bus.

Other items, the PPRO said were 291 ballot papers, one motorcycle, dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, and cash sum of N173,420.

“All suspects have been transferred to the CIID Awka for discreet investigation after which they would be charged to court.

Describing the poll as generally peaceful, Mohammed said, “There were isolated cases recorded in some areas such as shooting incidents and disruption of voting at Agulu township polling unit where three suspects were arrested and a locally made pistol with four live ammunition recovered.

“There was another shooting incident at Nwanebo Primary School 1 and 2 inside Immaculate Heart Catholic Church premises Ula in Ekwulobia involving two private security guards of the church following a scuffle. One of the security guards, Ngozi Goodwill, shot his colleague, one Justice Anyadike, aged 26 years, on his leg.

“The pallets of the expanded cartridges also brushed five other persons who came to vote at the polling booth and they sustained minor injuries and were treated. The principal suspects were arrested and two pump-action guns, seven live cartridges and one expanded cartridge were recovered”.

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