An attack by gunmen at the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gubernatorial campaign rally in Odata, Ihiala community of Anambra State, left at least six people dead on Tuesday.
It was gathered that there was a gun battle between security operatives and the attackers at the event.
Many people were also injured during the shootout, which lasted for over two hours.
The Nation quoted a source as saying governor Willie Obiano, who is a member of the party, was among those caught in the incident.
“The Governor’s convoy was held for about one hour while gunshots were booming everywhere in the area. They did not attack the convoy but security men,” he said.
“During the gun duel, some security operatives were felled and some gunmen were equally killed. We know those who were killed would be more than six.”
Ikenga Tochukwu, Anambra police command spokesperson, confirmed the incident.
Tochukwu, who revealed that there were no casualties on the part of police, said security operatives recovered one AK-47 rifle, 30 rounds of ammunition, two magazines and four vehicles.
“The Operatives of Anambra State Command at 9:30am 12/10/21 successfully repelled an attack at Odata Central School, beside St Martins church Ihiala,” he stated.
“Exhibits recovered included one AK 47 rifle, two magazines with 30 rounds of ammunition, one Lexus 350 jeep, one Rav- 4 jeep, one Mercedes Benz and a Toyota Corolla.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the hoodlums started shouting sporadically while arriving Odata central school
“But security operatives involving the police and military successfully repelled them. No casualty was recorded in police.
“Meanwhile, normalcy has been restored in the area and operations are ongoing in the area for possible arrest of the fleeing gang members with wounds.”
Anambra Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C Don Adinuba, said security operatives repelled attacks at the venue of APGA’s campaign rally for the November 6 gubernatorial election in the state.
Adinuba said the gunmen came in motorcycles and three vehicles he identified as Toyota Lexus 350 ES with registration number EKY 765 EX, Toyota RAV4 with number JJJ 434FP and a Ford van, whose number could not be ascertained.
“The gunmen, unable to withstand the superior fire power of the soldiers and police officers, quickly ran into the large premises of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital which is directly opposite the campaign ground,” the commissioner said.
“They suffered serious injuries, even though they managed to shoot a gallant soldier”, according to an eye witness who did not want his name disclosed in the media for fear of his safety.
“If the gunmen had not run into the hospital which is a very delicate place to shoot any person, the security men would have gunned all of them down.”