BREAKING!!! Gunmen Attack Top Governor’s Convoy, 50 Gunmen Attack Govt Building As Popular Celebrity Mourns Death
…Gunmen in Motorcycles, SUVs Attack Obiano’s Convoy at APGA Rally
…Gun battle lasts one hour, soldier shot, 6 people feared dead, many injured
…One AK-47 rifle, 30 rounds of ammunition, hilux van recovered from attackers, says Information Commissioner
Gov Obiano lauds response from security operatives
GUNMEN yesterday attacked the venue of a rally organized by All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, at Odoata Central School Field, Ihiala during which they engaged security operatives in Governor Willie Obiano’s convoy in a shootout that lasted over one hour.
A soldier was shot during the shootout, while unconfirmed reports said no fewer than six people lost their lives and several people injured.
A source said APGA was preparing to hold a political rally in the area when the gunmen suddenly attacked the venue when preparations were still on and started firing, adding that the firing started at a time the governor was arriving with his convoy, forcing his security details to repel the attackers.
State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the attack, said one Ak 47 riffle, two magazines with 30 rounds of ammunition and a Toyota Hilux van were recovered from the attackers.
According to the PPRO, the police and military are currently on ground, while mop up operation is ongoing. He, however, added that normalcy had since returned to the area.
Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C Don Adinuba said the gunmen were unable to withstand the fire power of the security operatives and they had to run into the busy Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital opposite the campaign ground.
Adinuba said: “A combined team of policemen and soldiers this afternoon repelled an attack by unknown gunmen at Odoata Central School, Ihiala, where the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) was scheduled to organize a campaign rally for the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
“The 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 because it caught fire during the exchange of bullets between the gun men and security forces.
“The gunmen, unable to withstand the superior fire power of the soldiers and police officers, quickly ran into the large premises of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital which is directly opposite the campaign ground.
“They suffered serious injuries, even though they managed to shoot a gallant soldier.
“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.
“Security forces, who recovered all three vehicles and motorcycles used by the gunmen, were searching the area to fish out the attackers.”
According to the Commissioner, the Anambra State Police Command had requested the people in the area to help look out for people with gunshots wounds and report them, just as authorities of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Ihiala and other health facilities in the local government area, as well as neighbouring communities in Imo State were asked to report to security agencies patients with gun wounds.
Meanwhile, Governor Obiano has commended police officers and soldiers for repelling the attack by the gunmen in a professional manner.
Speaking at Atani in Ogbaru LGA where he welcomed the APGA governorship candidate in the forthcoming election, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, Obiano described the response of the security men as not only professional, but an exhibition of patriotism.
Soludo, who earlier in the year lost three policemen guarding him when he was attacked on March 31 in his hometown of Isuofia, Aguata local Government Area while addressing the youth of the town, lauded the security forces for bravery at Ihiala.
“These security men and women in Anambra State lay down their lives for us and they do their best because of the encouragement they receive from the security-conscious state government, among other factors.
“We expect more professional exhibition as days go by and as the election date approaches”, he said.
The APGA candidate expressed sympathy for innocent victims of the attack and pleaded with aggrieved persons in the state to lay down their weapon and opt for dialogue to resolve all differences in the interest of the people.
More Than 50 Gunmen Invade Nasarawa Government Building, Tie Down Security Operatives
No fewer than 50 gunmen invaded the Nasarawa State Local Government Service Commission, making away with a safe box full of valuables, and an AK-47 rifle belonging to an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Sun reports that the Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Rammatu Julde, disclosed this on Tuesday in Lafia, the state capital.
Julde said the gunmen stormed the premises in the early hours of Monday at 2am, gained access through the main gate linking the offices of the Local Government Commission and the Civil Service Commission, and operated without intervention by security agencies.
“They launched the attack in the early hours of Monday at exactly 2am. During the operation, they tied down two officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps who were guarding the premises with a rope and collected one AK-47 rifle in their possession,” Julde reported.
“They also attempted to take away our 150 KVA generator, but they could not succeed; however, they took away the safe box where valuable documents of the Commission were kept. We are presently doing stock-taking to know what other items were carted away,” she added.
The Commission’s secretary clarified that no life was lost during the attack but appealed to the NSCDC to carry out a detailed investigation into the incident in order to be sure that there was no conspiracy between its officers and the unidentified gunmen.
The unidentified gunmen also invaded the State Civil Service Commission which shares a fence with the Local Government Service Commission and carted away two LED 32-inch televisions.
Reacting, Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC Jerry Victor, explained that, “The gunmen launched an attack on the premises on Monday morning and unfortunately carried out their plans without any hindrance.
“Two of our officers who were securing the premises were tied down with ropes and they collected e Ak-47 rifle from them. The officers have been detained at our Command headquarters here in Lafia and investigation is currently ongoing.”
The incident occurred three months after a group of armed men raided the State Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning in Lafia, making away with cash, also without interventions by authorities.
I lost my sister after BBNaija finale – Toke Makinwa
Toke Makinwa, co-host of Big Brother Naija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ edition has said that she was informed her sister had died after the finale of the show.
Toke, who was unveiled as the host of the new Gulder Ultimate Search last week, said the past 10 days of her life have been dark.
Writing on her Twitter, Toke Makinwa said, ”You guys make me cry, the amount of support has been so overwhelming, I will not disappoint you all. It’s been the darkest 10 days of my life, I got off the reunion show for BBN to hear that my big sister passed away. My family is going through so much right now guys, thank you.
”Having to work in the midst of heart-wrenching pain is confusing, the Production guys and the entire NB team have been super helpful too.
”The show must go on so I wipe my tears between takes and focus on delivering on this job. God is still God I guess.” she wrote.
The Shine Ya Eye season of the show came to an end on October 3rd with Whitemoney emerging winner.
He won N90 million worth of prizes from sponsors of the show.87td.