Vigilante member shoots colleague near PDP rally in Edo State

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Shooting has nothing to do with PDP, says Anslem Ojezua

A member of the Edo state vigilante network has allegedly shot and killed another group member.

The incident happened on Thursday, January 19 2023, in Ihanlen, Ewu, Esan Central Local government area of Edo State.

The Standard Gazette gathered that the problem started when the deceased warned his friends to stop shooting sporadically near a PDP rally in Ewu.

The caution degenerated into a heavy argument, which led to the gunman pointing his gun at his colleague and firing point blank, killing him on the spot.

At the time of this report, the identities of the shooter and the victim are unknown. However, TSG gathered that the duo was part of a team drafted to Irua for an official assignment by the Vigilante network in Benin city.

The police immediately disarmed and arrested the gunman. The body of the victim was deposited in the mortuary for further investigation.

Contacted, a leader of the PDP in Edo central, Hon Anslem Ojezua, confirmed the incident but said it had nothing to do with the PDP rally in Ewu.

He emphasised that there has never been violence in Esan land since the campaign started in the locality.

According to Hon Ojezua, "Yes we heard several gun shots during our peaceful rally and did not know where it was coming from. It was after the rally that we heard that some persons were fighting among themselves . It is not a political fight at all".

In an interview, the Edo state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the killing but said the vigilante member went wild with his gun.

SP Chidi Nwabuzor said, "Yes, l have called the Area commander in charge of Irrua Area command in Edo state command. It is a case of a Vigilante Member killing a vigilante member. We are investigating.

"The suspect will be transferred to the Homicide Department of the State Criminal Investigation Department ( SCID) for a thorough investigation.

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