A group of unidentified gunmen shot dead a soldier during an attack carried out at the venue of a campaign rally by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State.
The incident occurred in Ihiala Local Government Area.
The incident, which disrupted the planned campaign, also resulted in a firefight with security operatives. This was disclosed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra Command, Tochukwu Ikenga. Ikenga made this known in a statement released to newsmen on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
However, Ikenga had disclosed that no security operative was killed.
He said: “The attack happened at Odoata Central school, beside St Martins Church, Ihiala. It happened at about 9:30am.
“We recovered one AK-47 rifle, two magazines with 30 rounds of ammunition and a Toyota Hilux vehicle from the attackers. The Police and military are currently on ground now while mop up operations are ongoing. Normalcy has since returned to the area.’’
But the death of the soldier was confirmed by Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Mr C. Don Adinuba.
In a chat with newsmen, Adinuba revealed that the gunmen were repelled by security operatives; adding that they stormed the venue in their numbers, shooting sporadically.
“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 scheduled to organize a campaign rally for the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
“The gunmen came on various motorcycles and in three vehicles, namely, a Toyota Lexus 350 ES; with registration number EKY 765 EX, Toyota RAV4 with number JJJ 434FP and a Ford van whose number could not ascertained at the time of this report because it caught fire during the exchange of bullets between the gunmen and security forces.
“The gunmen, unable to withstand the superior fire power of the soldiers and police officers, quickly ran into the large premises of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital which is directly opposite the campaign ground.
“They suffered serious injuries, even though they managed to shoot a gallant soldier,’’ he stated.
However, the Commissioner lampooned reports that the convoy of the state governor, Willie Obiano, was attacked by the gunmen.