Gunmen suspected to be militants of the outlawed Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) held the convoy of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State hostage on Tuesday.
The incident occurred because the attackers disrupted the marketing campaign rally of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) at Odata Secondary College in Ihiala Native Authorities Space of the State.
“The governor’s convoy was held for about one hour, while there were gunshots all over,” a resident instructed newsmen.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed that there was assault in Ihiala.
In a press release, Ikenga stated operatives of Anambra Police Command repelled the assault at Odata.
In accordance with him, displays recovered from the attackers have been One AK 47 rifle, Two Journal with 30 rounds of ammunition, One lexus 350 jeep, one Rav 4 jeep, one Mercedes Benz and a Toyota Corolla.
He stated preliminary investigation revealed that the hoodlums began taking pictures sporadically after they arrived Odata Secondary College however safety operatives took management.
He stated that normalcy has been restored within the space and operations is ongoing for doable arrest of the fleeing gang members.
Reacting to the assault, the Anambra state Commissioner for Info and Public Enlightenment Mr. C.Don Adunuba, stated a mixed crew of policemen and troopers repelled the assault.
In accordance with him, gunmen got here on numerous bikes and in three autos, particularly, a Toyota Lexus 350 ES with registration quantity EKY 765 EX, Toyota RAV4 with quantity JJJ 434FP and a Ford van whose quantity couldn’t ascertained on the time of this report as a result of it caught fireplace throughout the trade of bullets between the gunmen and safety forces.
He stated the gunmen, unable to resist the superior fireplace energy of the safety operatives bumped into the premises of Our Woman of Lourdes Hospital, which is immediately reverse the marketing campaign floor.
“If the gunmen had not run into the hospital which is a very delicate place to shoot any person, the security men would have gunned all of them down them,” he stated.
He stated the Anambra State Police Command has requested the folks within the space to assist look out for folks with gunshots and report them.
He additionally requested hospitals and different well being services in each Ihiala Native Authorities Space and neighbouring communities in Imo State to report individuals with gunshot accidents.
In the meantime, Obiano has recommended law enforcement officials and troopers who repelled the assault.