Gunmen have shot and killed a popular politician in Enugu State, Ejike Ukwueze.

It was gathered that Ukwueze was reportedly killed on Friday night while driving in a local area, Neke Odenigbo, in Enugu East Local Government Area of the state.

In a viral video, Ukwueze and his car were shot multiple times, with bullet holes visible in the vehicle.

The victim was the immediate younger brother of the member who represented Isi-Uzo State Constituency in the Enugu State House of Assembly, late Chijioke Ukwueze, who in 2020 slumped and died during a plenary session of the house.

A source close to the family alleged that the family suspects the killing was politically motivated, suggesting it was an assassination as the victim was becoming influential in the Isi-Uzo Local Government Area political circle ahead of the October local government elections.

“Yeah, I heard he was a strong contender. Aside from having the intention of running for the LG election, he was becoming a force in the Isi-Uzo political affairs, standing in for his dear late brother who was one of the most accepted and powerful political stakeholders in Isi-Uzo,” the source told newsmen.

Meanwhile, the police authorities in Enugu State are yet to comment on the incident.

June 9, 2024

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