A former Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, on Thursday relived his expertise when some gunmen invaded an occasion he was addressing in Anambra State.
Talking Thursday on Channels Tv night programme, “Politics As we speak”, Soludo stated he wouldn’t prefer to preempt if the assault was “politically motivated”.
He stated: “…Our prayers exit to the households… We pray for the peaceable repose of their souls of those three policemen; very gallant ones who have been senselessly killed on this entire course of…
“We have been having an interactive city corridor assembly. We completed the diocesan crescent mass round 2 p.m, and by 4 p.m, they scheduled an interactive city corridor assembly with Isuofia youths.
“By the best way, Isofia occurs to be my hometown; I’m a village boy. That is the place I really feel most secure anyplace on the earth. I stroll the streets, I jog on the streets, I take lengthy walks. I imply I’m in all places as a village boy, because it have been.
“With this interactive session with over 1,000 youths seated, and I used to be simply making preliminary remarks to open up the interactive session with different dignitaries from the neighborhood – commissioners and honourable members of the Home of Meeting, former commissioners, former members of the Home, and several other different dignitaries – have been in attendance.
“And simply as I used to be about to wrap up, and for them now to open up feedback, questions and solutions, I heard gunshots. At first I believed possibly the policemen have been capturing within the air and concurring with the sort of exuberance within the corridor itself…
“Then, I started to listen to folks screaming, and all of that, and everybody scampered for security. However then when it was throughout, it took a number of minutes, about 10 to fifteen minutes of steady gun battle, going forwards and backwards, stopping and beginning once more.
“By the point all of us got here again, we noticed three lifeless our bodies mendacity within the pool of their blood. They have been the three policemen… Like I stated earlier, could God grant their souls everlasting relaxation. We’ll proceed to wish and assist the households.
“After which, the commissioner was kidnapped. I perceive that after they ran and jumped the fence, some folks grabbed and took him away… Our prayers are with him. We pray for his secure return.”
The Anambra State Police Command on Thursday stated it had arrested 4 extra suspects, moreover the one it initially apprehended, over the gun assault on Prof. Soludo.
An announcement by the command’s spokesman Ikenga Tochukwu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), listed the names of the suspects as Mbah Victor (30) years and John Olisakwe (21).
The others, he stated, are: Chigozie Omeh (21) and Emmanuel Nnobi (28).
“The suspects confessed to have actively taken half within the assault and subsequent abduction of Commissioner for Public Utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne, who the command is working assiduously to rescue,” the assertion stated.
Tochukwu stated the command was working around the clock to apprehend different fleeing accomplices, unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident and convey the perpetrators to justice.
He urged the general public to offer helpful data that might allow the command to cut back criminality throughout the state.