Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has directed security agents to spare no resources in unmasking the killers of Ezeogo Igboke Ewa, a traditional ruler in one of the communities in Ezza North Local Government Area of the state.
Umahi gave the order at a news briefing in his office at the New Government House, Centenary City, Abakaliki on Tuesday.
Saga Gist recalls that Ewa, a first-class traditional ruler, was killed in his residence on Monday night by unknown gunmen.
The governor, who was saddened by the incident, described the murder of the octogenarian as callous and barbaric.
He said: “The son called me from where he was hiding and said that gunmen had killed his father and were also looking for his children. I had to immediately send the police, the army and the men from the Department of State Services, DSS, to take over their compound and rescue them.
“I tried to ask questions about him and he said that his father was supporting the candidate of a particular party which has not gone down well with another party and it’s being suspected that it could be the source of his killing. So, I have directed the Commissioner of Police to fish out the perpetrators and their sponsors, and I hope he has to do that.”
Gov Umahi claimed that the killing of the traditional ruler might be politically-motivated, stressing that no life was worth wasting because of political office.
According to him: “This is a man that is above 80 years; a man well respected beyond the shores of this state and just for political reasons, the man was shot dead.
“It is so disturbing and it is important that the security agents do the needful and arrest further killings in the state.”
He added: “I thought that democracy is about making different choices and not asking those that have opposing views to have their lives terminated. It is so shocking and I’m still in shock of what could have informed anybody to go and kill the man.”