Gunmen have attacked the Spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, in his country home of Akokwa, Ideato North local government area of Imo State.
The attack happened on Saturday afternoon, Jan 14.
Ugochinyere’s uncle, Ikeagwuonu, has been shot d£ad and several others fatally wounded in the attack.
Ugochinyere shared a distressed tweet on Saturday afternoon, asking for help.
He tweeted: “We need help in Akokwa Ideato North LGA Imo State.. My uncle have been k!lled now.. They are setting everything on fire. Pz help.”
The gunmen, said to be numbering about 50, began shooting sporadically when they arrived, causing people to run in different directions
They also set ablaze all the vehicles within the vicinity.
Footage from the scene shows burnt houses and the charred remains campaign materials at Ugochinyere’s country home.
Reacting to the attack, Omoyele Sowore, tweeted: “I just received a distress call from IkengaImo in the last few minutes that his house is surrounded by elements believed to be assassins sent by Imo State Govt and his uncle had just been killed. Security agents must protect IkengaImo of CUPP and ensure his total safety!”
Ugochinyere is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Ideator North/South federal constituency of Imo State in the forthcoming elections.
In a statement, the PDP chapter in Imo state confirmed the attack.
The statement which was issued by the party’s spokesperson in the state, Collins Opuruozor, read, “Imo PDP Alerts Security Agencies, Nigerians, International Community To Sponsored Killings, Arson Going On At the Akokwa Residence of Ikenga Ugochinyere, PDP Candidate For Ideato Federal Constituency.
“The PDP in Imo State alerts that, at the moment, there is a well-coordinated armed attack going on at the Akokwa residence of Ikenga Ugochinyere, the candidate of our party for Ideato North/South Federal Constituency.
“This has resulted in the killing of undisclosed number of persons. Also, buildings are reported to have been set ablaze.
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