Gunmen on Tuesday night killed the ward chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Umuchoke ward in Okwe in the Onuimo Local Government of Imo State, Christian Ihim.
The gunmen after killing Ihim, who is popularly known as Zako, kidnapped five other chieftains of the ruling party in the community. Community sources reveal that the attackers shot repeatedly through the night making the villagers flee.
The gunmen also invaded a neighbouring community called Okwelle and also kidnapped a female member of the APC identified as Onyinyechi Egenti. The slain chairman is said to be a former aide of the immediate past national Organising secretary of APC, Emma Ibediro.
It can be recalled that on December 15, Gunmen killed the Labour Party candidate for Onuimo LGA state House of Assembly election, Christopher Elehu, popularly known as Wasco, after they set ablaze his country home in Okwe community.
Also, gunmen have kidnapped two community leaders in Ogbaku in the Mbaitoli LGA of the state.
The abduction of the two community leaders had put the community in a state of confusion. The victims were identified as Fidelis Nwaebele and Kelechi Iherizie.
A source in the community who craved anonymity said; “They came around 7 pm. They drove to Fidelis Nwaebele house, released several gunshots and caught him. They later proceeded to Kelechi Iherizie’s shop surrounded him and caught him too.”
The killing is coming a few days after the Sole Administrator of the Ideato North LGA, Chris Ohizu, was kidnapped and beheaded after his abductors collected N6 million ransom.