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After Gunmen Attack At CUPP Spokesperson’s Residence, Four Confirmed Dead

According to reports, several unidentified gunmen have slain the uncle of Ikenga Ugochinyere, the spokesperson for the Coalition of United Political Parties.

Ugochinyere claimed in a tweet posted on Twitter on Saturday afternoon that the unidentified individuals are also igniting a home that is thought to be his residence.

“We need help in Akokwa Ideato North Local Government Area, Imo State. My uncle has been killed now.. They are setting everything on fire. Please help,” he tweeted.


Confirming the development, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, in a tweet, said, “I just received a distress call from @IkengaImo in the last few minutes that his house is surrounded by elements believed to be assassins sent by Imo State Govt and his uncle had just been killed. Security agents must protect @IkengaImo of CUPP and ensure his total safety!”


As of the time this report was filed, the state’s police spokesperson, Michael Abattam, has not returned our correspondent’s calls or texts regarding the development.

At Ugochinyere’s rural home, observed a video of dead victims, burning homes, and campaign posters.

A individual narrating the incident claimed in a video our correspondent was able to obtain that numerous vehicles had been damaged and Ikenga’s home had been completely wrecked.

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“They have destroyed his house, they have destroyed his vehicle, at his compound here in Akokwa. They came with arms and guns, they killed one of his security (men), they shot so many people; happening right now at Ikenga’s compound,” the voice narrated.

In a statement, the PDP chapter in the state confirmed the attack.

The statement which was issued by the party’s spokesperson in the state, Collins Opuruozor, read, “Imo PDP Alerts Security Agencies, Nigerians, International Community To Sponsored Killings, Arson Going On At the Akokwa Residence of Ikenga Ugochinyere, PDP Candidate For Ideato Federal Constituency.


“The PDP in Imo State alerts that, at the moment, there is a well-coordinated armed attack going on at the Akokwa residence of Ikenga Ugochinyere, the candidate of our party for Ideato North/South Federal Constituency.

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“This has resulted in the killing of undisclosed number of persons. Also, buildings are reported to have been set ablaze.


“Our efforts to get back to our candidate, Ugochinyere, who was present at his residence when this attack began and who had personally alerted us to the attack, has proven abortive. However, a torrent of messages, a while ago, from Ikenga’s close aides bore some deeply pathetic lines like: “Everywhere is on fire! They are killing us! We are going going!”

“Imo PDP calls on security agencies to immediately intervene and quell the attack on our candidate and our party members at his residence in Akokwa.

“Nigerians and international community are to recall that on December 23, 2022, there was an attack on the convoy of our candidate by clearly-identified agents of the Imo State Government. It is shocking that despite our demand for the arrest and prosecution of those involved in that onslaught, nothing has been done by the security till this moment.


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“Today represents a dark day for us in Imo PDP and Imo State at large.”


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