Isuofia Attack: Soludo Recounts Ordeal, Ekwunife, Duru Condemn Attack.




Isuofia Attack: Soludo Recounts Ordeal, Ekwunife, Duru Condemn Attack.

By Nkiru Nwagbo.

Professor Chukwuma Soludo a former CBN governor and an aspirant for the governorship of Anambra State under the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has recounted how the attack at his hometown of Isuofia took place.

Speaking on a Channels Television interview on Thursday Night, Prof Soludo used the opportunity to appeal for the release of the Anambra state Commissioner for Public Utilities, Engineer Emeka Ezenwanne who was kidnapped during the attack.

Prof Soludo, recounting his ordeal, said that he had attended mass earlier in the day and proceeded to the town hall for an interaction with Isuofia youths where over a thousand of them were seated alongside some government officials

He said that he was about rounding off his preliminary remarks at the beginning of the meeting when gunshots started.

Prof Soludo said that he and others present had to scamper for safety, and when the shooting had stopped, they returned to find three policemen dead and the commissioner kidnapped.

The former CBN governor described himself as a “village boy” who feels safest in his hometown of Isuofia compared to anywhere else in the world. 

He noted therefore that the attack came as a surprise to him saying  he has received over a thousand calls from prominent Nigerians including the Sultan, members of the National Assembly and even his political opponents.

When Asked what he perceived to be the motive of the attack, Prof Soludo refused to speculate saying that “there are all kinds of theories. I do not want to preempt the investigation that is ongoing.”

He said he would be shocked if it was aimed at him and said that he would await the outcome of the investigation.

Following the attack, he said that “the DSS, army and police swung into action and I thank them for this.”

He remarked that violence is “not the Anambra way” and added that among that “we remain friends with everybody contesting for the office.”

Finally, Prof Soludo appealed to Ezenwanne’s abductors to release him in the spirit of Easter.

Meanwhile, the United Business Women Association of Nigeria and Diaspora (UBWA), has condemned the Wednesday attack on Prof. Soludo which claimed the lives of three police officers on duty while a Commissioner was abducted.



While condemning the attack the President of the association Hon. Nkiru Duru described the attack as very barbaric and urged Anambra State government and state police command to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Duru, said that Business Women are worried over the killings of innocent security operatives in the state by gunmen and prayed to God for consolation of the family members of the desesed Officers. 

In the same vain, the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Uche Ekwunife has also condemned the attack on Soludo described it as shocking and totally unacceptable.

Ekwunife decried the security situation in the state, adding that the primary responsibility of every government is to protect the lives and property of her citizenry while charging the government and security agencies to beef up security to ensure that the culprits were caught and made  to face the long arm of the law.

                  Ekwunife.

 

                        Duru.

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