Tuesday, December 7

Anambra poll: Hoodlums attack journalists, observers, threaten to burn them alive

A group of journalists in Anambra State with other election observers from Abuja were on Saturday allegedly attacked by suspected hoodlums in Okija in Ihiala Local Government Area of the State.

The victims were Afam Aminu of Business News, Gloria Anaeze and Eche Nwaobasi, both of Daily Independent Newspapers as well as two male and one female election observers.

They were said to had travelled to the town, the country home of the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Akachukwu Nwamkpo on election coverage.

Narrating their ordeal, Anaeze said they had visited some polling units in the area and were on their way to the home of another illustrious son of the community when they were attacked.

She said, “We had gone to some of the polling centres in the town where election materials arrived late after which we went to one of the illustrious sons of the community, Dr. Daniel Chukwudozie when we were attacked.

“It was on our way back that a gang of hoodlums numbering about twenty had barricaded the same road we came from wielding matchetes and clubs and ordered all the occupants of the car to disembark.

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“They demanded N100,000 each as their own portion of the national cake, accusing us and the election observers of carrying huge sums of money meant for distribution to party agents.

“All our explanations that we were pressmen covering the election and had no money to distribute to anybody, they still demanded for our handsets and snatched some money from us and the election observers.”

Anaeze further alleged threats by the hoodlums to set their car on fire with a gallon of fuel earlier purchased for the car.

She however said they were later released by the hoodlums who warned them never to return to the community.

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