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Gunmen attack APGA fiber candidate in Ebonyi- kill driver

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Gunmen attack APGA fiber candidate in Ebonyi- kill driver

By Ruth Oginyi

Prof Benard Odoh,
the Ebonyi All Progressives Grand Alliance governorship candidate in the march 2023 general election, Thursday night escaped death.

He escaped from an attack by unknown gunmen around 10 pm.

Odos’ convoy was attacked by the yet-to-be-identified gunmen, around the rest house in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the governorship hopeful was returning from a party program at Agba community in the Ishielu local government, when his convoy was ambushed at the Rest House area, along the Abakaliki/Enugu Expressway.

His Toyota Jeep was reportedly damaged by the hoodlums.

While his driver, a civil defense officer was reportedly killed during the attack and his police orderly and three others sustained bullet wounds.

When our correspondent visited the hospital where the attack victims were receiving treatment, some of them were still in critical condition using oxygen to breathe.

Meanwhile, police in Ebonyi state has confirmed the attack on the number of candidate and some party stakeholders.

SP Chris Anyanwu in a statement said the Guber Candidate and all other dignitaries ànd party supporters escaped unscathed.

the statement, ” 02/02/2023 at about 2208 hrs, yet to be identified armed men ambushed and shot sporadically at the convoy of the Ebonyi State Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Professor Bernard Odo while going back after a campaign outing.

“The unfortunate incident which took place at the Rest House axis within Okpoto in Ishielu L.G.A left one of the drivers and an SPU personnel wounded with bullet injuries. One Toyota Hilux van was burnt to ashes while another of the convoy vehicles was equally damaged.

“However, the Guber Candidate and all other dignitaries and party supporters escaped unscathed.

“On getting the sad news, the Police Command rose to the occasion and mobilized Tactical
Teams to assist the Ishielu Divisional Police team in a hot chase of the hoodlums.

“The Command has also activated an intelligence-led investigation headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation/Intelligence Department (SCIID) to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

The Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, CP Aliyu Garba, empathizes with the party and its members. Nonetheless, the CP frowns at this ugly development and therefore advised that politicians should redraw their campaign itineraries and reset the time to avoid nocturnal movements. He further assured that the perpetrators will be trailed and brought to book, please.”

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