Election observer shot dead in Enugu state

An election observer has been reportedly shot dead in Enugu state today, during the governorship and house of assembly election.

According to reports, a policeman shot dead an election observer in Umuida community, Enugu Ezike, Igbo-Eze north local government area of Enugu state.

The observer whose identity is yet to be ascertained was shot in the head by the police officer stationed close to the residence of Ayogu Eze, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

This was confirmed by Ebere Amarizu, spokesman of the Enugu police command, attributing the incident to accidental discharge.

After being hit by the bullet, the election observer was first taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Enugu Ezike before he was transferred to another hospital in Enugu town.

The man was said to have had a confrontation with the policeman at a polling unit metres away from Eze’s residence.

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There is palpable tension within the area following security reinforcement from the army and police.

Eze had asked his supporters to boycott the election after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declined his request for the election to be postponed.

He had asked for more time to campaign because his candidature was confirmed by the court two days ago.

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