Nsukka (Enugu State), Sept. 28, 2020 Mr Cosmas Ugwueze, the Chairman, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu Staten, has condemned Saturday’s assassination attempt on Mrs Ngozi Ozioko, the immediate past Chairman of Ogige Market Amalgamated Traders Association Nsukka (OMATAN).
Ugwueze told newsmen in Nsukka on Monday that it was unfortunate that somebody could take ordinary market election to the extreme of contemplating to kill.
“It is barbaric and unfortunate that somebody will because of election in the market plan to kill the immediate past OMATAN chairman.
“I am surprise that this act of wickedness can happen in Nsukka, where we see ourselves as brothers and sisters.”
Ugwueze said that the matter had been reported to security agencies in the area, adding that the council would give necessary assistance to security agencies to ensure that those behind the assassination attempt were arrested.
“Nsukka LG condemns the evil act in its entirety, the attempt to kill Ozioko on Saturday night by two gunmen.
“Nsukka LG will ensure that those behind the heinous crime are fished-out.’’
The chairman urged traders in Ogige market to remain calm and go about their lawful businesses and as government is committed to protecting life and property in the area.
He also advised the traders in Ogige market not to see the forthcoming election as a do or die affair.
NAN gathered that Ozioko was attacked by two gunmen on Saturday who trailed her to her residence.
The assassins were quoted to have asked Ozioko if she thinks is her “birth right to be the chairman of Nsukka Ogige market.”
The assassins who came on motorcycle wanted to shoot her on the chest, but after much struggle with them they shot her on the leg and zoomed-off.
NAN also gathered that Ozioko was seeking for second term in the forthcoming OMATAN general election, which no date had been fixed by Ogige Market Caretaker Committee.
When contacted, Mr Daniel Ndukwe, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Enugu State, confirmed the incident and said police had commenced investigations into the matter.
“The incident that happened on Saturday, Sept. 26, at about 7.30p.m. in Nsukka, has been reported to the police and police has commenced investigations to track down the criminals,” he said