An All Progressives Congress (APC) member, Chukwuemeka Ishienyi, has been shot dead in Enugu State, just few days to the elections. The deceased, was said to have met his end on Wednesday February 20th, while returning from a meeting organised by the PDP. According to information which was made available to NAN, Ishienyi used to be a member of the PDP before he joined APC, the PDP meeting held at Eha Uno Ward in Nsukka.
Ishienyi, was 24 years old and the only son of his mother, and according to the Chairman of Eha Uno Ward of APC, Lawrence Alumona, Ishienyi and over 100 other youths had decamped to APC a month ago, because they were disenchanted with the PDP. “He came to me one day and said that they did not like what PDP was doing and that they want to switch over to APC,”. According to the ward chairman, ever since the late Ishienyi and his group joined the APC, the deceased had been receiving death threats. “According to the late Ishienyi ‘They have been threatening me and warning me to be careful. Since then, I have not been sleeping in my community’. I didn’t know that this could lead to death and now see what has happened,” Alumona lamented.
Alumona said that Ishienyi had told him on the day he died, that the PDP invited him for a meeting and he never returned from the meeting alive. “The PDP invited him to know why he decamped and to persuade him to re-join the party, and when he was coming back, he was shot dead,” he alleged. Another supporter of APC in the area, Okwudili Ugwu, said that he was with the late Ishienyi the evening he was killed, and that they drank till 8 p.m. Only for him to hear on Wednesday morning that he was dead.
Ugwu said that the youth that took Ishienyi’s dead body to the hospital were singing an ominous song, that portends danger of a possible breakdown of law and order. He said that his body was deposited at a local hospital at Umuabor, called Daughters of Divine Love (DDL) Hospital.
The aged grandmother of the slain youth, Mrs Veronica Ishienyi, narrated how the news of his death was broken to her. She lamented: “On Wednesday in the morning, some members of my church came to me and were asking me why I did not come for morning mass. I told them that I had pain in my legs and that was why I could not come. “After some time, they told me without beating about the bush that Chukwuemeka was dead. I asked which Chukwuemeka and they said my grandson. I wept but I know that will not bring him back to life. His body is deposited in the hospital.”
Ishienyi’s older sister who lives in Enugu, expressed her shock of her younger brother’s death. “At first, they told me that it was an accident, but I later discovered that he was shot dead,” she said she never knew he was actively involved in active politics, because he was formerly doing business in Ghana, and had only came home recently. An anonymous source close to the family disclosed that the deceased was supposed to travel outside Nigeria in March, and that his Visa was ready for the travel before tragedy struck.
The PDP Ward Chairman for Eha Uno Ward, Austin Odo, said that he did not call Chukwuemeka for any meeting, saying that there had been series of support group meetings going on, and that he might have attended one of the meetings before his death. “I am aware of the incident, but I did not call for any meeting. There has been series of meetings of party support groups. He may have attended one of them before the incident happened. He was one of our strong supporters before,” Odo told newsmen.
However, the Enugu State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebere Amaraizu, said he had not been informed about the incident, adding: “I will find out”.
Sourced from NAN