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Gunmen Attack Okigwe PDP Candidate, Set Houses, Vehicles Ablaze

Barely 72 hours to the State Assembly elections in Imo State, gunmen have razed down houses and cars in the country home of Ifeanyi Ozoemena, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the March 11 elections in Okigwe state constituency.

A  resident source in the community, said the gunmen numbering over seven had stormed the PDP candidate’s compound in a Sienna Toyota at about 2 pm on Tuesday.

DIPLOMATIC DIARY gathered from a resident source that the suspects, numbering over seven, arrived at Ozoemena’s compound in a Sienna Toyota Vagon around 2 pm on Tuesday.

After a failed attempt to get their target, the suspects allegedly threw explosive devices at both the houses and vehicles parked within the compound and drove out, shooting sporadically in the air.

Reacting, Ozoemena expressed shock over the development, saying that it was by God’s grace that his household including his aged parents escaped the attack alive.

He described the incident as most vicious, barbaric and inhumane, He called on the security agencies for adequate security and to ensure that the perpetrators were apprehended.

“I just thanked God for sparing the lives of my family members including that of my aged parents. If not for His grace, we would have been killed. I don’t know why some people will think of such evil against me. 

“As I speak to you now, both my house and my father’s own were all burnt by the attackers. Also, all the vehicles parked in the compound were set ablaze.

“I have reported it to the police and I expect them to come to my aid as well as ensure that those behind this unfortunate, barbaric and inhumane act are arrested to face the consequence of their actions”, he said.

Spokesperson of the state police command, ASP Henry Okoye, said he was yet to be briefed about the incident.



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