Former Central Bank Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has narrated how gunmen attacked him in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that Soludo lost three of his police aides when unknown gunmen opened fire while he was having a town hall meeting with members of his ciommunity.
Soludo, who is aspiring to become governor of the state under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance also described the killing of three of his police orderlies as senseless.
He narrated his experience in the hands of the gunmen on Thursday night while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme.
Soludo explained that he was shocked over he attack that happened in his hometown where he feels safest in the world.
He 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 happened 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.”
“I was totally unhurt, not in anyway hurt,” Soludo noted.
Soludo also said he has a good relationship with all other governorship aspirants in the state, adding that the office is not worth anybody’s blood.
“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,” he said.
He called for a comprehensive investigation into the attack and also appealed to the attackers to release Emeka Ezenwanne, the state Commissioner for Public Utilities, who was kidnapped during the attack.