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Soludo narrates how he was attacked as police arrest four suspects


Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Chukwuma Soludo, says the “gun battle” between police officers and gunmen lasted for more than 15 minutes when he was attacked in Anambra state.

TMZNaija had reported how Soludo was attacked by gunmen at an interactive town hall meeting, in his hometown in Isuofia, Aguata LGA, on Wednesday.

Three police officers providing security for him were killed in the attack, while Emeka Ezenwanne, the state commissioner for public utilities, was abducted.

Speaking on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, the former CBN governor narrated how he started hearing gunshots when he was about rounding off his speech.

Soludo said he thought it was the police officers that were shooting into the air when the gun battle started.

He added that everyone at the meeting scampered for safety while the gun battle lasted.

He said they met the bodies of three police officers in a pool of their blood afterward.

“Just as I was about to wrap up, I said, finally, for them to open up for comments, questions, and answers. Gunshot! At first, I thought maybe the policemen were shooting in the air, concurring with the kind of exuberance in the hall itself,” Soludo said.

“Until I began to hear people screaming and all of that and everybody began to scamper for safety. Then, it took several minutes, more than ten, fifteen minutes of continuous gun battle going back and forth and stopping and starting again.

“By the time we all came back, we saw 3 bodies laying in the pool of their blood. They were the 3 policemen. May God grant their souls eternal rest.”

Soludo said he will be shocked if it turns out that the attack was politically motivated.

In February, he had declared his intention to run for the governorship of Anambra state under the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Meanwhile, the Anambra police command says four persons have been arrested in connection with the attack on Soludo.

According to a statement by Tochukwu Ikenga, spokesman of the Anambra police command, the suspects were arrested on Thursday and have confessed to participating in the attack.

“Police operatives attached to Anambra State Command today, 1st April, 2021, arrested four (4) additional suspects in connection with the recent attack and gruesome murder of three (3) policemen at Isuofia Civic Center in Aguata LGA of Anambra State,” the statement reads.

“The suspects are: Mbah Victor ‘M’ aged 30 years, John Olisakwe ‘M’ aged 21 years, Chigozie Omeh ‘M’ aged 20 years, and Emmanuel Nnobi ‘M’ aged 28 years.

“The suspects confessed to have actively taken part in the attack and subsequent abduction of Anambra State Commissioner for Public Utilities, Engr Emeka Ezenwanne, who the Command is working assiduously to rescue.

“Consequently, efforts are still ongoing to apprehend other fleeing accomplices, unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident and bring perpetrators to book.”

Ikenga added that Monday Kuryas, Anambra commissioner of police, has urged residents not to relent in supplying relevant information that will “assist the command to nip in the bud all forms of criminality in the state including similar ugly incidents”.

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