Unknown gunmen stormed Odoata Central School in Ihiala, Ihiala Local Government Area, Anambra State, on Tuesday, where the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was set to hold a rally.
According to reports, the APGA was prepared to host a political rally in the region when the gunmen arrived, just as the governor’s convoy arrived, and the gunmen engaged the security agents in the governor’s vehicle.
“The governor’s convoy was halted for approximately an hour while gunfire rang out throughout the region,” a source claimed.
Meanwhile, DSP Toochukwu Ikenganyia, the Public Relations Officer for the Anambra State Police Command, confirmed the attack at Ihiala.
“The attack occurred at Odoata Central School, next to St Martins Church in Ihiala,” he stated.
It happened around 9:30 a.m.
“From the attackers, we collected one AK-47 rifle, two magazines with 30 rounds of ammo, and a Toyota Hilux vehicle.”
“The police and military are currently on the ground, and mop-up operations are underway.”
“Normality has since returned to the area,” stated PPRO Ikenga.
When the Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Mr. C. Don Adinuba, was reached, he acknowledged the report but declined to discuss the governor’s assassination.
“This afternoon, a combined team of policemen and soldiers repelled an attack by unknown gunmen at Odoata Primary School, Ihiala, where the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was supposed to host a campaign rally for the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State,” he added.
“The gunmen arrived on various motorcycles and in three vehicles: a Toyota Lexus 350 ES with registration number EKY 765 EX, a Toyota RAV4 with registration number JJJ 434FP, and a Ford van whose number could not be determined at the time of this report because it caught fire during the gunmen’s exchange of bullets with security forces.”
“The gunmen, unable to fight the superior firepower of the army and police officers, dashed inside the enormous grounds of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, which is right across the street from the campaign area.”
“They sustained terrible injuries, despite the fact that they managed to shoot a valiant soldier,” Adinuba added, citing an eyewitness who did not want his name revealed in the media for fear of his safety.
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