A policeman has shot dead an election observer in Umuida community, Enugu Ezike, Igbo-Eze north local government area of Enugu State.
The observer whose was murdered by the police officer stationed close to the residence of Ayogu Eze, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Ebere Amarizu, spokesman of the Enugu police command, confirmed the incident to journalists, attributing it to “accidental discharge”.
The observer was first taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Enugu Ezike before he was transferred to another hospital in Enugu town.
The man was said to have had a confrontation with the policeman at a polling unit metres away from Eze’s residence.
It is understood that APC supporters and agents at the polling unit where the observer was killed, confronted journalists and observers.
Eze had asked his supporters to boycott the election after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declined his request for the poll to be postponed.
He had asked for more time to campaign because his candidature was confirmed by the court 48 hours before the poll.
Sources say there is palpable tension in the area following security reinforcement from the army and police after the shooting incident.