Wednesday, November 9, 2016, would remain a sad day for them forever for the Orioha family of Umuezeagu, Nsulu, Isiala Ngwa North Council Area of Abia State. This was the day their 36 –year-old wife and mother of four, Mrs. Amaechi Orioha, was burnt to death by political thugs while she was in her office at Okpuala, the headquarters of Isiala Ngwa North Council.It was the day Abia State Chapter of PDP held primary election to select chairmanship candidates ahead of next month’s Local Government elections. It was a huge shock, pain and grief for the Oriohas that their wife who like any other day, went to work but could not return. Rather, what they heard was the devastating news that she was trapped in the office of the Chairman of the council where she worked as a clerical officer. Since then, life has not been the same for her 51- year- old husband/ farmer, Mr. Emmanuel Orioha and his four children, two boys and two girls and indeed, the entire Orioha family.Mr. Emmanuel Oriha who narrated the sad incident to Crime Alert in tears, pointed accusing fingers at some prominent politicians from Ngwa Ukwu and Umuha areas of the Council.How it happened“On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at about 11.30 am, I was in my house resting after returning from the farm. I got a call from my senior brother, Ugonna, who told me to urgently proceed to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, that

my wife was involved in fire outbreak in her office. When I got to Umuahia, I saw my wife at the emergency ward and I could not recognize her because of the degree of burns she sustained. I told them this is not my wife. The doctors who were doing everything possible to save her life told me to call her as she was still managing to speak. I called her and she responded. I lost control; it was like the end of the world for me. 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,” he alleged. She pleaded for life Orioha said that his late wife told him that she was crying and pleading with the arsonists to allow her escape from the fire but they refused. One of her colleagues died instantly during the inferno.He also lamented that the Transition chairman whom his late wife worked for did not come to see her at FMC or orthopaedic hospital but came to their house after the woman died.Why we are pointing accusing fingers. Interjecting, his elder brother, Ugonna Orioha, alleged that: “On October 19, 2016, some notable politicians from Ngwa Ugwu and Umuha visited our community to solicit support for their aspirant running for chairmanship of the council.They addressed us and some of them threatened that if one of the aspirants, Ginger Onwusibe, wins the election, blood will flow, that they will burn down the council.

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