Soludo Recounts Ordeal With Gunmen As Police Nab 4 More Suspects

The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has broken his silence regarding the attack by gunmen on him and his security aides on Wednesday evening.

Soludo, who is a frontline aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in the November 6 governorship poll in the state, also described the killing of three of his police orderlies as senseless. He prayed for the repose of their souls.

Recall that the ex-CBN governor was attacked in his hometown, Isuofia, in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State while having an interactive session with youths of the town.

Narrating his ordeal on Thursday night while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme, Soludo said, “We were having an interactive session and we finished the mass about 4pm and the scheduled interactive meeting with the Isuofia youths. By the way, Isuofia happens to be my hometown. I’m a village boy and this is where I feel safest anywhere in the world. I walk the street, I jog in my community, I take long walk, I am everywhere as a village boy.

“With this interactive session, there were over a thousand youths seated and I was just making preliminary remarks to open up the interactive session with other dignitaries from the communities, commissioners and members of the house of assembly. And just as I was about to wrap up and I said, ‘Finally!’ for them to open up for comments and answers, gunshots! At first, I thought may be the policemen were shooting in the air with the kind of exuberance in the hall until I began to hear people screaming and we all scampered for safety.

“It took more than 10, 15 minutes of continuous gun battle. By the time we all came back, we saw three bodies there lying in the pool of their blood – they were the three policemen. May God grant their souls eternal rest. We will continue to pray and support their families.”

Soludo added, “I am friend with everybody contesting the office. I don’t think the office is worth the blood of even a chicken let alone a human being. I will be shocked that it was politically motivated and that it was aimed directly at me.”

Saying investigation by security agencies would unravel the perpetrators of the heinous act, the ex-CBN Governor expressed worry over the kidnap of the state Commissioner for Public Utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne, during the attack.

Police Operatives nab 4 additional suspects

Meanwhile, Police Operatives attached to Anambra State Command today 1st April, 2021 arrested four additional suspects in connection to the recent attack and gruesome murder of three Policemen at Isuofia Civic Center in Aguata LGA of Anambra State.

The suspects are: Mbah Victor ‘M’ aged 30 years, John Olisakwe ‘M’ aged 21 years. Chigozie Omeh ‘M’ aged 20 years and Emmanuel Nnobi ‘M’ aged 28years.

In a statement, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, said the suspects confessed to have actively taken part in the attack and subsequent abduction of Commissioner for Public Utilities, Engr Emeka Ezenwanne. He said the Command was working assiduously to rescue Ezenwanne.

He added, “Consequently efforts are still on going to apprehend other fleeing accomplices, unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident and bring perpetrators to book.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command CP Monday Bala Kuryas fsi reiterates his commitment towards ensuring safety and security of Ndi Anambra and residents alike.

“He urged the public not to relent in providing useful information that will assist the command to nip in the board all forms of criminality in the state including similar ugly incidents.”

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