Suspected political thugs have disrupted a rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Uruagu, Nnewi, Anambra State, killing one person and injuring many others in the process.
In a statement signed and issued by Anambra APC chairman, Basil Ejidike; secretary, Chukwuma Agufugo and assistant state publicity secretary, Barrister Chukwunoso Chinwuba in Awka, on Monday confirmed the incident.
Confirming the incident, the statement said the evening attack led to the death of one Mr Somadina Oforma and the hospitalisation of many others.
“Our great party regrets the invasion of our party office and attack of members who were gathered for a meeting in Uruagu Ward 3, Nnewi by persons yet identified.
“We regret the loss and regard it as one violence too many in an Anambra State that ought to be the safest state in Nigeria, if official claims were anything to go by.
“In the attack, one Somadina Oforma, a vibrant member of our party was shot dead while another member, a female sustained a serious gunshot injury on her leg. She is presently receiving treatment while the deceased has been deposited in the mortuary.
“This ugly event is coming barely two weeks after the murder of former traditional ruler of Mkpu Nando, Igwe Alex Edoziuno. This killing is one too many!
“APC, Anambra State chapter strongly condemns these attacks and views any such attack on citizens, who go about their legitimate businesses as senseless and retrogressive.
“APC is worried and concerned about the safety of its members and indeed, citizens of Anambra and urges Obiano as the chief security officer of the state to do the needful to safeguard the lives and well-being of Anambra people.
“The party also calls on the police and other security agencies to be proactive about security matters in the state,” it said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, said the state Commissioner of Police, Tony Olofu has ordered investigation into the shooting incident.