Unidentified gunmen have shot and killed Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwokenagu, a ward chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), in Nnobi, close to Nnewi, Anambra State.
During the attack, which took place in Afor -Nnobi, Idemili South local government area on Sunday night, September 26, four other people, including two vigilante members, were reportedly killed and three vehicles were set ablaze. The attack took place at approximately 11:30 p.m.
One of the vehicles set ablaze by the hoodlums belonged to Dr Nelson Omenugha, the son of Prof Kate Omenugha, the Anambra Commissioner for Basic Education.
He confirmed that the attack took place, adding that the gunmen set his Hilux ablaze. Omenugha is a major campaigner for All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate, Prof Chukwuma Soludo.
The late APGA chairman
It was gathered that Nwokenagu popularly known as Eze-B, was a ward chairman under APGA and one of the most influential youths in Okpunoeze Uruagu, Nnewi.
Omenugha along with members of the Soludo team were said to be on their way to Nnobi from Awka when they were ambushed by the gunmen operating with Sienna.
Meanwhile, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was reporetdly killed duringa meeting while many others were injured at a rally in Nnewi on Sunday.
The APC Zonal Publicity Secretary, Arinze Igboeli and State Secretary of the party, Chukwkuma Agufugo, confirmed the Nnewi incident to The Nation on Monday.
“Our party members in Nnewi had a meeting on Saturday and on Sunday, they came together again to deliberate before those people struck in the Uruagu Ward 3 office. Nobody knows what these people want in Anambra but it’s a pity and unfortunate that we’re witnessing such a thing in the State this period.” he narrated.
However, they called for proper investigation by security operatives of the Nnewi incident to avoid a repeat as governorship campaigns have begun in the State ahead of November 6 election.