Four alleged political thugs, Okereke Madubuchi, Enwerem Chukwuma, Ebuka Aroh and Loveday Nwigwe have been arrested in connection with the killing of Mrs. Amaechi Orioha, on November 9, 2016 in Abia State.
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The suspects, all students of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, were accused of carrying out the arson attack on Mrs. Orioha, a mother of four.
The 36-year-old was burnt to death while she was in her office at Okpuala, the headquarters of Isiala Ngwa North Council where she was a clerical officer.
She was killed on the day Abia State Chapter of PDP held primary election to select chairmanship candidates ahead of next month’s Local Government elections, Vanguard reports.
Her widower, Mr. Emmanuel Orioha in an interview with the paper, accused prominent politicians from Ngwa Ukwu and Umuha areas of the Council of masterminding his wife’s killing.
He said, “Before her death while she was in the hospital, i asked her if she recognized the people that set the office on fire. She mentioned three persons, all of them natives of Isiala Ngwa North. She said that three boys came to the chairman’s office with petrol and one of their colleagues confronted them, they said that the Transition Committee chairman asked them to buy it for his generator.
“Shortly after, the chairman came to his office and picked few things and left. After that, one of the boys made a phone call after which one of them poured the fuel around chairman’s office and lit it up.”