Unknown gunmen has attacked the Nigerian Military on patrol in Anambra State. In a video circulating online, Nigerian soldiers were seen in their military parol van retreating from an attack by unknown gunmen who were given them a hot chase.
The location where the video was taken is not yet ascertained as of the time of this publication.
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Recall that unknown gunmen on Tuesday held the convoy of the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano of Anambra State, hostage for about an hour.
The incident happened as the attackers disrupted the campaign train of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) at Odata Secondary School in Ihiala Local Government Area of the State, ahead of the November 6 governorship election.
There are reports that “the governor’s convoy was held for about one hour, while there were gunshots all over” even as the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, disclosed that operatives of Anambra Police Command repelled the attack at Odata.
While confirming that there was an attack in Ihiala, the police spokesman listed exhibits recovered from the attackers to include: one AK 47 rifle, two magazine with 30 rounds of ammunition, one Lexus 350 SUV, one Rav 4 jeep, one Mercedes Benz, and a Toyota Corolla.
Anaedoonline.ng reports that Ikenga stated that preliminary investigation revealed that the hoodlums started shooting sporadically when the governor’s convoy arrived Odata Secondary School but security operatives took control.
He said that normalcy has been restored in the area and operations are ongoing for possible arrest of the fleeing gang members.
Reacting to the attack, Anambra state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment Mr. C.Don Adunuba, said a combined team of policemen and soldiers repelled the attack.
According to him, 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 be ascertained as of press time because it caught fire during the exchange of bullets between the gunmen and security forces.
He said the gunmen, unable to withstand the superior firepower of the security operatives ran into the premises of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, which is directly opposite the campaign ground.
“If the gunmen had not run into the hospital which is a very delicate place to shoot any person, the security men would have gunned all of them down,” he said.
He said the Anambra State Police Command has requested the people in the area to help lookout for people with gunshots and report them.
He also asked hospitals and other health facilities in both Ihiala Local Government Area and neighboring communities in Imo State to report persons with gunshot injuries.
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