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[EDITORIAL] Confusion as thugs allegedly invade Ayogu Eze’s house

christian nwodo - Wednesday, March 04, 2015


There was confusion in Enugu on Wednesday over reports that armed thugs allegedly invaded the country home of Senator Ayogu Eze on Tuesday evening.
Eze, the senator representing Enugu North, won the primary of the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State.
The senator had insisted that he was the authentic PDP governorship candidate, after winning a parallel primary election, but an Abuja Federal High Court on Monday ruled that a member of the House of Representatives, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, was the party’s standard-bearer.
Reports emerged on Wednesday that the thugs fired several gunshots into the air when they stormed Eze’s house at Enugu-Ezike in Igboeze-North Local Government Area.
An eyewitness – the security man at the house, who identified himself as Hassan Hamuo – stated that the incident occurred at about 5.20 pm on Tuesday.
Hamuo said he was at the gate when two vehicles with about 10 boys suddenly stopped at the house.
The boys immediately started shooting into the air, while dancing in front of the house, according to his account.
According to him, as they shot into the air, the thugs shouted that since the senator had failed in court, he has become a dead man.
He said the hoodlums abandoned their vehicles and took to their heels when neighbours and other villagers, who were attracted by the noise, alerted the police.
Nobody was injured in the incident, according to Hamuo’s account.
Family sources alleged that the thugs were those who were celebrating Ugwuanyi’s victory in the legal dispute over the PDP governorship ticket.
They noted that if not for the quick intervention of the police and youths of the village, the thugs would have destroyed the senator’s house.
Following the incident, the youths reportedly kept a vigil at the house to prevent the return of the hoodlums.
The senator’s aides said he would soon make an official statement on the matter.