According to report gathered from Vanguard online news, two youths from Ejemekwuru community, Oguta Local Council Area of Imo State were reportedly killed by some Nigerian soldiers at the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign ground.
The victims identified as Tochi and Ndukwe were killed right before the state governor, Rochas Okorocha who was at the community canvassing for vote at the party’s campaign rally.
It was learnt that the youths had engaged in a fisticuffs with the soldiers before the sad incident occurred leaving the governor, his supporters and Ejemekwuru indigenes running for safety.
Further reports from VANGUARD said, the state commissioner, Mr. Dasuki Galadanchi has confirmed the death of the youths.
According to Galadanchi, the fracas which resulted to the loss of lives was cult related. He said that only one youth was killed by the soldiers who were on patrol.
He added that the police has arrested four suspects and as well restored normalcy in the area after the incident.
Galadanchi said: “The issue was cult related. Some youths were having issues outside the APC campaign arena in Oguta Local Government Area and Army officers, who were on patrol in the area, intervened but they were attacked by the youths.
“In the process, an Army officer shot. We have restored normalcy. As I speak, I have recovered the plank and cutlass the youths used in attacking the soldiers.
“I have recovered the vehicle belonging to the APC which the youths snatched. “We have made tremendous progress in the incident. Four suspects are in our custody and we are ready will ensure that Imo continues to be peaceful.”
Reacting to the gruesome incident, the Iheodioha campaign group said; “the violence that trailed the APC senatorial rally of Governor Rochas Okorocha at Ejemekwuru in Oguta Local Government, which led to the gruesome killing of two indigenes of Agwa is totally unacceptable and a worrisome development.”