An incident was recorded in Ejemekwuru community, Oguta Local Council Area of Imo State on Saturday, as soldiers allegedly killed two youths, identified as Tochi and Ndukwe respectively, in the presence of Governor Rochas Okorocha at a campaign ground in the state.
Sources gathered that Rochas Okorocha, who is the Imo West senatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, was in the community to seek for potential voters, ahead of the presidential and National Assembly elections, when the killings happened, leaving the governor, his supporters and Ejemekwuru indigenes leaving the scene to save their lives.
However, it was reported that the deceased youths allegedly engaged in fisticuffs with the soldiers, it was not still identified, what led to the disagreement and what the soldiers were supposed to be doing at the APC campaign ground.
Imo state Commissioner of Police identified as Mr Dasuki Galadanchi, stated that reports which got to him claimed that only one youth was allegedly shot by the soldiers, who were on a patrol in the area of the state.
Galadanchi also added that the issue leading to the issue, which resulted in the loss of lives, was cult related.
Galadanchi statement read:
“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.”