Awka – A man was reportedly killed and many injured after gunmen went on rampage on two locations in Anambra State in Anambra.
The deceased identified as Somuadina Oforma, was shot dead and many injured at an APC office at Uruagu Nnewi, while a truck belonging to Dr Nelson Omenugha, a leader of one of the support groups of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA candidate, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, was set ablaze at Nnobi in Idemili South local government area of the state.
When TNC correspondent contacted the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga, he revealed that the gunmen at about 7pm yesterday, started shooting sporadically at the venue and in the process, two persons sustained gunshot injuries.
He said they were taken to hospital, where one of the victims who was later identified as Somuadina Oforma was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty while the other is receiving treatment in the hospital.
The PPRO said the State Commissioner of Police, CP Tony Olofu has ordered investigation into the incident.
Reacting to the incident, the state publicity secretary, of APC, Mr. Okelo Madukaife said the Anambra APC regrets the loss and regards it as one violence too many, in an Anambra State that ought to be the safest state in Nigeria if official claims were anything to go by.
“We speak for the mood in our dear state where similar attacks took place at Afor Nnobi Junction, on the same day killing men of the Vigilante in Alor, Idemili South in transit and call for a total halt.
“We acknowledge security in Anambra State as an area that requires serious intervention,” he said.
Meanwhile, the candidate of the APC in the forthcoming election, Senator Andy Uba has said the attack was politically motivated, while also calling on the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano to quickly rise and stop the spate of killing in the state.
Uba in a press release by his campaign organization, which was signed by director of media, Hon Victor Ogene stated that it is not the first time its party members would be attacked.
“The late Oforma was, without any provocation, shot dead inside the APC office at Uruagu Ward 3, Nnewi North Local Government Area of the state, while holding a meeting with other party faithful, many of whom sustained varying degrees of injury.
“We recall that, on July 31, 2021 at Oba, Idemili South LGA, unknown gunmen, operating in similar fashion, accosted and killed Mr. Cosmas Eze, our party’s acting Assistant Secretary for the local government area, and dispossessed him of the APC branded Sienna vehicle he was driving. The late Mr. Eze hailed from Akwu Ukwu in the same council area.
“The seemingly targeted attack on the APC was to go a notch higher, when on Saturday, September 10, 2021 the traditional ruler of Mkpunando in Anambra East LGA, Igwe Alex Edozieuno, and his driver, Chukwuemeka, were waylaid and killed.
“It is instructive to note that the late Igwe Edozieuno had one month before his brutal death joined the APC, after being deposed by the Obiano administration.
“Whilst not imputing any direct motive to these attacks, we are however constrained to observe that our party, the APC, has borne the brunt of majority of them, leaving us to wonder when political contest in Anambra State degenerated to the point of opposition party members living in fear.
“We, therefore, call on Governor Obiano, as the Chief Security Officer of the state, and other law enforcement agencies, including the police, the Department of State Security, DSS and the Civil Defense Corps, to urgently take steps to halt the growing reign of terror in our state,” Uba said.