The convoy of the lawmaker representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo local government areas in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, Hon Chris Azubogu was on Thursday attacked by unknown gunmen at Madonna area of Nnobi in Idemili South LGA.
Hon Azubogu’s driver was shot dead in the incident.
A source who will not want to be quoted claimed that the convoy was on the way to an undisclosed airport to pick their principal when they were attacked.
The lawmaker our source claimed was not in the vehicle when the unknown gunmen struck and that Hon Azubogu is safe but in shock.
All attempts to hear from Hon Azubogu did not yield any positive dividend as he couldn’t pick his call when our correspondent called him.
Also, the industrial town of Nnewi on Thursday afternoon was thrown into a panic mode as unknown gunmen attacked Robans Stores at Nnobi road of the town.
An eyewitness account claimed that the gunmen stormed the departmental store, disarmed the security agents and quickly drove away with the guns snatched from the law officers.
Many residents who went for shopping quickly scampered for safety while many businessmen and women hurriedly closed shops as soon as the news broke out in the town.
Similarly, the police station at Ajali in Orumba North local government area came under heavy attacked allegedly perpetrated by the unknown gunmen.
The actual level of casualty cannot be assertained at the time of filing this report but six people suspected to be police officers were said to have been killed during the attack.
The Ajali police station was also set ablaze by the rampaging gunmen while efforts were being made to rescue the individuals trapped in the inferno.
Meanwhile, sound of gunshots continued to rent the air in Oko community throwing the staff and students of Federal Polytechnic in the town into confusion.
Sources claimed that there was a gun duel between the military officers mobilized to rescue the police officers and the unknown gunmen.
Two men who were putting on black outfits were said to be killed by the military.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Anambra State police command, Ikenga Tochukwu(DSP) could not pick his call when our correspondent called him several times to get the police angle of the report.