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6 Shot Dead As Gunmen Attack APGA Campaign Rally

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Anambra Election: 6 Shot Dead As Gunmen Attack APGA Campaign Rally

Six people have been killed in a gun battle between security operatives and gunmen in Ihiala, Anambra State, on Tuesday.

Several people were also injured during the shootout in the local government area, which lasted over two hours.

According to reports, the incident took place in Odata, where the All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA) was holding a campaign rally.

Governor Willie Obiano was among those whose vehicles were trapped in the melee, according to a source who spoke to The Nation.

“The Governor’s convoy was stopped for about an hour while gunshots rang out throughout the area.” The security men were the ones who attacked the convoy.

“During the gunfight, a number of security personnel were killed, as well as many gunmen. We know there were more than six people killed.”

Anambra police spokesman Ikenga Tochukwu confirmed the incident when contacted.

He claimed that no police officers were injured, and that security personnel recovered one AK 47 rifle, 30 rounds of ammunition, two magazines, and four vehicles.

“The Operatives of Anambra State Command successfully repelled an attack at Odata Central School, beside St Martins church Ihiala, at 9:30am 12/10/21,” he said.

“A preliminary investigation reveals that when the hoodlums arrived at Odata Central School, they began shouting sporadically.

“However, security operatives working with the police and military were able to successfully repel them.” There were no casualties reported to the police.

“In the meantime, normalcy has been restored in the area, and operations to apprehend fleeing gang members with wounds are ongoing.”

Security operatives repelled attacks where the APGA was scheduled to hold a campaign rally for the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State, according to Anambra Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C Don Adinuba.

The gunmen arrived on various motorcycles and in three vehicles, according to him, including 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.

“The gunmen, unable to withstand the soldiers’ and police officers’ superior firepower, dashed into the large premises of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, which is directly across the street from the campaign grounds.

According to an eye witness who did not want his name published in the media for fear of his safety, “they suffered serious injuries even though they managed to shoot a gallant soldier.”

“The security men would have gunned them all down if the gunmen hadn’t run into the hospital, which is a very delicate place to shoot anyone,”Adinuba said.


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