Nonsochukwu Uwa, Owerri
Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday, allegedly attacked Governor Hope Uzodimma’s General Manager for Owerri Capital Development Authority, OCDA, Mr Francis Chukwu.
It was gathered from an eyewitness that the attack took place around Ishinweke in the Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of the state at about 06:25 pm.
At the time of filing this report, no reason was given for the attack but one of the eyewitnesses alleged it was an attempt to kidnap the OCDA GM, Chukwu.
Some said it might not be unconnected with the 2023 general election.
In the attack, two Hilux vehicles belonging to the security agencies were attacked and set ablaze.
The exchange of fire that ensued between the attackers and security agencies was said to have lasted for over 30 minutes.
It was reported that no fewer than five persons sustained varying degrees of injuries.
At the time of filing this report, some of the persons on his convoy were yet to be accounted for as people allegedly fled to different directions during the gun duel.
When contacted, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Michael Abbattam, said he was not yet aware of the incident, and requested for some time to make inquiries.