EBONYI State Government has said it had no hand in the killing of Ikenna Ibor, a councillorship candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Abakaliki who was murdered last week.
Reacting to the incident in Abakaliki, the state Commissioner for Information, John Otu, also exonerated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of any involvement in Ibor’s death.
Otu said information at the disposal of the government indicated that the killing was related to a clash by cult members, following wranglings between rival cult groups.
Four unidentified gunmen walked into the secretariat of the ANPP along Afikpo road in Abakaliki on March 27, and dragged Ibor to the ground floor where he was shot five times.
Over the weekend Ikenna’s father, Simon Ibor, also ruled out any political motive in the assassination, saying it was an ordinary murder.
Simon Ibor debunked the claim by the ANPP that Ikenna was a councillorship candidate of the party saying his son was not a politician and was not contesting any elective position on the platform of the ANPP or any party.
Simon Ibor, who is contesting the chairmanship seat for Abakaliki Local Government Area on the platform of the United Nigeria Peoples Party (UNPP), said his son was a staff of Royal Comprehensive College, Ezamgbo.
He claimed his son had gone to the ANPP secretariat on the fateful day to see the proprietor of the school, who is a member of the ANPP.
Ibor stressed that his son never told him he had political ambition, adding that the police should treat Ikenna’s death as a case of murder and not political assassination.
He maintained that he did not want the killing of his son at the ANPP office to be misconstrued and politicised, regretting the inability of the police to track down the killers four days after the incident.