Gunmen have carried out a horrifying act in Abia State, South-eastern Nigeria, as they brutally beheaded Zachary Maduka, a prominent figure within the Labour Party (LP). Mr. Maduka, who had served as the LP’s campaign director during the 2023 general elections, fell victim to the ruthless assailants during a harrowing incident that unfolded on a Wednesday night.
The 70-year-old Zachary Maduka hailed from Ezieke Akpukpa, a community within the Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State. Eyewitnesses reported that the attackers, numbering around 10 individuals, brandished menacing weapons, including pump-action rifles and machetes, when they descended upon the community.
Their brazen assault culminated in a tragic act, as they mercilessly beheaded Mr. Maduka and departed with his severed head. This horrifying event unfolded at a drinking establishment in Amelechi, a village within the Akpukpa Community.
The victim, Zachary Maduka, had also served as the chairperson of the Uturu Development Union within the community until the grim day of his demise.
Abia State’s police spokesperson, Assistant Superintendent Maureen Chinaka, confirmed the incident through a statement released on Thursday. She revealed that a joint security team, comprising the police and the military, was swiftly dispatched to the area in response to the distressing reports.
Tragically, the security team discovered Mr. Maduka’s lifeless body at the scene, and photographic evidence was collected as part of the investigation. His remains were promptly transported to Marist Mortuary Uturu.
In the wake of this heinous crime, the police have initiated a thorough investigation to apprehend the perpetrators responsible for the brutal murder of the LP chieftain.
The grim incident indicates the deteriorating security situation in Abia State, which has seen a surge in violent attacks targeting security agencies, government officials, and public facilities. The Nigerian government has frequently accused the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of orchestrating these deadly attacks within the region. However, IPOB vehemently denies any involvement in these acts and continues to lead an agitation for an independent state of Biafra, encompassing parts of Nigeria’s South-east and South-south regions.