Panic in Anambra community over attack on APGA stakeholders
By Phil Okose Onitsha
An uneasy calm has allegedly pervaded the atmosphere at Isuofia over the alleged attack on the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, by yet to be identified gunmen.
Following the attack which claimed lives of three police escorts, indigenes of the community are said to have distanced themselves from the civic centre where the attack took place over arrest even as they described the bloodletting in the community as an abomination.
An indigene who simply identified himself as Okereke, told this paper at Isuofia that, “the killing at the civic centre is an abomination and we have to appease the gods for the killing even if the victims were not indigenes of Isuofia except Soludo”.
“You can see that nobody is in the civic centre to avoid arrest and some youths have fled the community because of police arrest of innocent people.”
According to a youth leader who does not want his name in print, “I was in the civic centre when the gunmen stormed the place. The sound of the gun rented the air as they stormed the scene and made straight to the hall, they were many of them and we had to scamper for safety”
“As it is now nobody knows the next thing that may befall this community and that prompted the fleeing of the community by the youths who may be victims of police arrest. That thing that happened is an abomination and before that civic centre will be used again we have to make sacrifice to appease the gods”
Asked if the attack has political undertone, he stated that, “I don’t know, I am not a politician but all I have to tell you is that we are against the attack and killing of the policemen in our civic centre, thank you”.
“The police should commence investigation immediately to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the suspects to serve as deterrent to would be future offenders” he advised.
Also reacting, the State Chairman of Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme, condemned the killing of the three Police Men attached to Soludo and urged the State Government to investigate the killing so as to arrest the suspects and bring them to book.
He described their killing as unfortunate and a slight on the people of the state and security operatives trained to protect lives and property of Nigerians, adding that Nigerians should speak out against this killing, especially the Igbo leaders.