Suspected political thugs have burnt down the country home of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman in Ebonyi State, Stanley Okoro-Emegha.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the APC chieftain’s house located at Ekoli Edda, in the Afikpo South Local Government Area of the state was razed down by suspected hoodlums at 10.18 pm, on Monday night 25 December 2022.
It was however learnt from another source that hitherto to the fire incident, on December 24, loyalists of the immediate past chairman of the Afikpo South LGA, Eni China attacked the Ebonyi APC chairman because of his refusal to support the election of a youth group in the community led by China.
The source said that Okoro-Emegha was displeased with the election and reported to the new council area chairman, Chima Ekumankama, who eventually cancelled the election and disbanded the said youth group.
This platform understands that it was following this incident that transpired that led to an attack on the APC chieftain by hoodlums who were reported to have opened fire on him and his Ebubeagu orderlies.
The incident as narrated by the source evolved into a gun duel where the hoodlums and Okoro-Emegha men opened fire on each other, an incident that led to him fleeing to Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi State.
It was after he fled to Abakaliki that reports of his country home being set ablaze by suspected hoodlums broke.
However, the Ebonyi APC chairman himself has come out to confirm the incident about how he was attacked by thugs loyal to a politician in the area, and that his house has equally been burnt by the miscreants.
Okoro-Emegha submitted that “Yes. It’s true. They attacked me tonight at Ekoli Edda community, and the same people, some of whom I know, I have just heard burnt my house.
“These are Eni’s boys and they attacked me and they are they people that burnt my house. I call on the police and other security agencies to swing into action. They know what to do to unravel the truth of the matter. They know what to do.”
Additional report from Punch