By Tony Edike
ENUGU â€”Â Enugu StateÂ Government yesterday condemned the unprovoked assault by persons suspected to be thugs allegedly sponsored by a former gubernatorial candidate in the state, Mr Okey Ezea, against journalists and some politicians during last weekendâ€™s local government elections at Igbo Eze South Local Government Area of the state.
The government described the act as intolerable, which would not go unpunished.
The governmentâ€™s condemnation came just as the Chairman of the local government, Christopher Omeje, has forwarded a formal petition on the incident to the State Police Commissioner, accusing Ezea and several others of threatening his life and attacking and severely injuring many of his supporters, including a former chairman of the local government, Dominic Ezema, who is now lying critically ill at Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka.
Senior Special Assistant to Governor Sullivan Chime on Media and Communications, Mr Chukwudi Achife, said in a statement yesterday that the government would not take kindly to a situation where the lives of innocent citizens, including journalists going about their normal duties, would be put in danger by disgruntled politicians seeking to create a false atmosphere of crisis for selfish political reasons.
Achife, who was reacting to reports of physical assault against the Editor-in-Chief of Starllite Newspapers, Mr Harrison Ogara, and a number of leading politicians in the local government by the thugs, said the government would do everything within its powers to protect innocent citizens from such acts.