Barely three weeks after he was attacked in Akokwa, Imo State, the spokesperson for the Coalition of United Political Parties, Ikenga Ugochinyere, was on Tuesday attacked in his residence.
The House of Representatives candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Ideato North and Ideato South federal constituency raised another alarm of attack by armed men in an “SOS” message he sent to journalists on WhatsApp.
He said, “SOS, We are under attack again. My house is under attack again by armed men with explosives and heavy gunfire.”
According to sources in the party, the latest incident has thrown panic among members of his campaign team.
Recall that unidentified gunmen attacked the country home of the CUPP spokesperson on 14th January, 2023 killing family members and supporters and burning vehicles among other properties.
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Earlier, Ugochinyere accused the Imo State Government of being behind the attack on his convoy on 23rd December, 2022 and the bombing of his house and killing of his family members and supporters on 14th January, 2023.
In a press conference aired live on Arise TV and other television and radio stations, Ugochinyere insisted that from the information now available to him and the pieces of evidence left by his attackers, the attack was undoubtedly sponsored by the Imo State Government.
He accused the Imo Government of being responsible for the killing of his uncle Chief Daniel Iloabanafo Ikeagwuonu and all others who died in the attack.
He said, “We were shot at, we were bombed with high grade explosives, houses were leveled with bombs, those still standing were shaken to their foundations and vehicles numbering over 32 were all set ablaze with these explosives. Several motorcycles belonging to hardworking villagers were burnt amongst other property valued at over Five Hundred and Fifty Million (N550, 000, 000:00) Naira only was lost in the attacks. They attacked in broad daylight, firing from all angles and leaving over 500 bullet holes on the houses in my country home. Innocent people were killed for no reason.”
Efforts to reach the spokesperson for the Imo State Police Command had not been successful as of the time of filing this report.