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APGA Guber Candidate Attacks, Driver Shot Dead , Others injured In Ebonyi

By Adaeze Onuora , Abakaliki

There was Pandemonium in Ebonyi state as Unknown gunmen attacked the convoy of the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Benard Odoh.

The Unknown gunmen also shot and killed his driver, injured his police orderly and two others .

 The incident happened yesterday at Rest House, Okpoto, Ishielu axis of Enugu/Abakaliki expressway.

A statement issued by Media Director of the Odoh's campaign organisation, Charles Otu, while accused the Ebubeagu outfit of being behind the attack.

The statement reads, “APGA Ebonyi state chapter governorship candidate Professor Benard Ifeanyi Odoh and his team were ambushed late this evening by suspected Ebubeagu operatives near Rest House, Okpoto, Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

“An unmarked silver-colored Sienna,I look loaded with suspected Ebubeagu militia with not less than 8 persons parked at the left flank of the road and opened fire with AK47 as soon as they sighted the leading pilot vehicle of the team.

“The pilot vehicle was shot at not less than 8 times before they cordoned off the Governorship candidate’s vehicle and riddled his Prado jeep with bullets.

“In the process, his driver was shot at and as he bled profusely, the ADC swiftly maneuvered and drove off the vehicle with all tires already punctured and flat down till he managed to get to Pele Filling station.

“As we write, not less than five persons were feared missing while two sustained serious gunshot injuries.”

When contacted on phone, the Ebonyi state Sector Commander of Ebubeagu Security Outfit, Nnanna Ujor, debunked the allegations.

He said the outfit never went on operation anywhere, talk more of attacking anyone.

“It is not Ebubeagu, Ebubeagu did not go for an attack anywhere,” he said.

Also, the Chairman of Ishielu LGA, Collins Onwe,  noted that the area where the APGA flagbearer was attacked has been a flash spot for gunmen.

“Yes I was informed of the incident, unfortunately, that area has been a spot for unknown gunmen. We have had incidents of such there,” he said.

Police are yet to respond to the incident as at the time of filling this report.

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