A deadly attack on the convoy of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, lawmaker representing Anambra South senatorial zone, on Sunday evening leaves politicians and public commentators in Nigeria in shock.
Newsbreak.ng had reported how the gunmen ambushed and opened fire on Ubah’s convoy at Enugwu Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, killing a yet-to-be-confirmed number of aides and police officers attached to the lawmaker.
Ubah is a member of the Young Progressive Party (YPP).
He was a governorship candidate for the YPP in the 2021 governorship election in Anambra State which was won by the incumbent governor, Prof. Charles Soludo of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
Anambra, like other states in the South-east, has witnessed several attacks by gunmen.
A state lawmaker was recently kidnapped and subsequently murdered in the state.
The Nigerian government has blamed the attacks on an outlawed separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
See some reactions below:
Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) wrote on his verified Twitter handle: “Attack on the convoy of Senator Ifeanyi Uba and the murder of his security detail is despicable. Assassins/assailants must be fished out and prosecuted.”
Popular activist, Deji Adeyanju, wrote on his known Twitter handle: “Just watching the video of the deadly attack on the convoy on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah’s convoy in Anambra and seeing all his aides and security people killed is beyond traumatic. He escaped only because he was in a bulletproof car. What kind of a country is this?”
Socio-political activist, Aisha Yesufu wrote on her verified Twitter handle: “Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun What is this horrible news I am seeing? Deadly attack on a convoy. Why is man so cruel to man? Oh my goodness! Our lives are being wasted.”
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wrote on his verified Twitter handle: “The attack on the convoy of Senator @Dr_IfeanyiUbah stands condemned. My condolences go to the families of those injured and killed in the attack. I share my sympathy with the Distinguished Senator. May the souls of the departed Rest In Peace.
“We’ve got work to do to ensure that safety and security returns to our dear country.”
Senator Uche Ekwunife, the lawmaker representing Anambra Central district, wrote on her official Facebook page: “I received with shock the news of the attack on the convoy of my brother, colleague and Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District, Senator Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah.
“I condemn the incident in strongest terms. It is unimaginable. My sincere condolences go to the families who lost their loved ones in the senseless carnage. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
“This is not the Anambra of our dreams.
“Government must leave no stone unturned in arresting the security situation in our state and ensure that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are brought to justice.”
A former Nigerian Senator, Shehu Sani, wrote on his verified Twitter handle: “The deadly attack on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and the killing of his aides is unfortunate, tragic and condemnable.”