By our reporter/ Gunmen suspected to be IPOB militants on Tuesday scuttled the scheduled campaign of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The Biafra separatist group has vowed to scuttle the Anambra governorship election scheduled to hold on November 6.
The gunmen were, however, repelled by security operatives already present at the scene of the incident.
The assailants were said to have stormed the area in the morning, shooting sporadically in an attempt to make their way into Odoata Central School – the venue of the rally.
Shortly after their arrival, they were engaged by a joint team of security operatives – comprising soldiers and policemen – drafted to the venue to prevent any form of breakdown of law and order.
The state police command spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the incident in a statement,
said no casualty was recorded by the police.
According to him, they later ran into the large premises of a hospital located directly opposite the campaign ground.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the hoodlums started shooting sporadically while arriving at Odata Central School, but they were successfully repelled by police operatives and military personnel on ground,” he said in a statement.
Some of the items recovered by the security operatives include an AK-47 rifle, 30 rounds of ammunition, two magazines, and four vehicles.
The Commissioner for Information in Anambra, Cdon Adinuba, who also confirmed the incident, disclosed that a soldier was killed during the shootout.
Adinuba faulted the reports the convoy of the state governor, Willie Obiano, was attacked by the assailants, stressing that the security operatives repelled the attack.
According to him, the armed men, who came on some motorcycles vehicles, were forced to flee the scene as a result of the superior firepower of the security operatives.