One person has been reportedly killed and several others injured as unknown gunmen attacked a campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PD), in Enugu State on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
According to reports, the assailants stormed Awgu Ward one campaign venue of the PDP and opened fire on party members.
The tragic Enugu West rally of the PDP was attended by dignitaries, such as Engr. Osita Ngwu, the party’s senatorial candidate, Chief Anayo Onwuegbu, House of Reps candidate for Awgu/Aninri/Oji-River Federal Constituency, many other candidates and party members.
The incident which is still sketchy as of press time is yet to be confirmed by the police in the state.
In a related development, gunmen on Tuesday has shot dead the ward chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Umuchoke ward in Okwe in the Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State, Christian Ihim.
It was gathered the gunmen after killing Ihim, who is popularly known as Zako, kidnapped five other chieftains of the ruling party in the community.
Community sources told the Nation on Wednesday that the attackers shot repeatedly several during the operation making the villagers to flee.
Apart from killing and kidnapping the APC chieftains, the gunmen also invaded a neighbouring community Okwelle and kidnapped a female member of the APC Onyinyech Egenti.
The slain chairman is said to be a former aide of the immediate past national Organising Secretary of APC, Emma Ibediro.
A source said: ”The ward chairman of APC in Umuchoke Okwe in Onuimo Local Government Area has been killed. Apart from killing him they also kidnapped five APC members in the community. They also went to Okwelle community and kidnapped an APC female member known as Onyinyechi Egenti. Our community is on the run now. They shot like it was a war period.”