BREAKING: Election Observer Shot Dead in Senator Ayaogu Eze's Enugu Home

News just reaching our newsroom states that an election observer has been shot dead near the home of Senator Ayaogu Eze, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Umuonu-Umuida, Enugu-Ezike, Enugu state.

Circumstances surrounding the shooting is still unclear even as the bus of the group has been damaged. The home of Ayogu Eze has been cordoned off by a combined team of police and officers. The victim is part of a group of observers monitoring the governorship and state House of Assembly elections. 

After the shooting, the observer group was held hostage at Eze's compound until a combined team of the police and army came to rescue them and took them to a nearby police station. "We were almost killed there," one of the survivors said. 

A source in the village who didn't want to be identified said that the victim was shot in the head by a stray bullet as police tried to contain a protest by locals calling for the poll to be postponed in the state. "His blood is everywhere if you go there," the resident said. 

The Enugu state police PRO, SP Ebere Amarizu, has confirmed the incident via a phone call. The police spokesperson confirmed that the victim is dead. He said the police have commenced investigation into the incidence. The name of the deceased is Onuorah Odoh. 

Sen Eze’s candidacy was confirmed on Thursday by the Court of Appeal after the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court ordered his replacement by fellow APC contender, George Ogara. He boycotted the election on Saturday as some of his supporters also refused to vote, calling a rescheduling of the election to allow their candidate campaign.

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