Obiano Absent As Gunmen Disrupt APGA campaign in Anambra
The campaign rally organised by the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) in Ihiala, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra on Tuesday could not hold because of the disruptive activities of some unidentified gunmen.
Local anonymous source said the gunmen stormed Odoata Primary School, Ihiala venue of the rally in the early hours of the day and disrupted the preparation ahead of the event
The source said the the attackers were fiercely resisted by security forces who engaged them in a gun duel.
The development triggered panic and stampede leading to dismissal of schools in the area just before noon.
Confirming the incident, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra said the attackers were repelled during the shootout.
Ikenga said contrary to the reports that Gov. Willie Obiano was at the scene during the shootout, he was not anywhere around in Ihiala Local Government Area.
He said the Police recovered one AK 47 rifle; two magazines with 30 rounds of ammunition; one Lexus 350 Jeep, one Rav 4 Jeep, one Mercedes Benz and a Toyota Corolla.
He said Police and military were on ground now while mop up operations were ongoing and that normalcy had since returned to the area.
According to him, preliminary investigations revealed that the hoodlums started shooting sporadically upon arriving Odata Central School but they were successfully repelled by Police operatives and military on ground.
“No casualty was recorded by the police.
“Meanwhile, normalcy has been restored and operations are ongoing in the area for possible arrest of fleeing gang members,” he said