A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, said the attack by gunmen lasted for more than 10 minutes.
Gunmen had opened fire during a town hall meeting at the Isuofia community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State; killing three of his security aides.
However, Soludo, who spoke on Thursday, April 1, during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today narrated how gunmen attacked him.
“When it was all over, it took several minutes, 10 or 15 minutes of continuous gun battles going back and forth of stopping, starting again,” Soludo said.
“By the time we all came back, we saw three bodies lying in the pool of their blood. They were the three policemen. May God grant their soul eternal rest.
“At first I thought, maybe the policemen were shooting in the air. Until I began to hear people screaming and all of that; and everybody just scampered for safety.
“Just as I was about to wrap up the town hall meeting; and said finally for them now to open up for comments and answers, there were gunshots.”
While commiserating with the families of the slain officers, Soludo promised to support them.
He described the attack as senseless; noting that no political office should be worth the blood of a chicken, how much human life.
Soludo also prayed for the quick release of the Anambra State Commissioner for Public Utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne, who was abducted during the attack.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has stated it has so far enrolled 51million citizens for the National Identification Number (NIN) as at March 31, 2021, according to Pantami.
Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, made this known at the weekly Presidential Media briefing; organized by the Presidential Communication Media Team in Abuja on Thursday, April 1.
He also revealed that about 189 million subscribers of the Identification Module (SIM) had been registered in the country.
According to the minister, only 150million out of the 189million have successfully completed their registration; while the remaining have problems of improper registration.
Pantami reminded all citizens to enroll for the NIN; warning that those yet to obtain the NIN risk seven or 14 years imprisonment as stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution.
“Based on the requirement by law each and every citizen and legal resident must obtain his/her National Identification Number (NIN); which is being coordinated by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). It’s a requirement by law but many citizens ignore it.”