April 24, 2024

Pathfinder News

redefining news

Anambra 2021: Police, Unknown Gunmen Exchange Fire In Ihiala

A joint team of security operatives engaged in a gun battle with criminals suspected to be Unknown gunmen in Ihiala, Anambra, on Tuesday, November 9. According to report, the battle which lasted for hours occurred at Mbosi Osumowu junction. One of the officers was heard warning a motorist: “We’ve been here for the past three hours exchanging fire with them. You better reverse and take a safer route.” This is one of the incidents that disruption the governorship election in the local government area, leading to the shift by INEC.

The police command in Anambra has denied reports that said a man yet to be identified was killed in Ihiala local government area while the election was going on. It was claimed that some soldiers patrolling around the distribution/Collation Centre at the Council Area Headquarters allegedly shot dead the unknown individual. The public relations officer, Zone 13 Police Headquarters, Nkeiru Nwode, said the report is false, She said: “We don’t have such report and I don’t think something like that happened.” Inadequate logistic planning is seriously affecting the Anambra supplementary governorship election in Ihiala LGA.

As at noon Tuesday, November 9, voting is yet to commence in many parts of the local government area. It is over four hours away from the scheduled time for the election (10am) as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, November 8. reports that ad-hoc INEC officials were seen at the Ihiala LGA secretariat trying to convey materials meant for their polling units. Meanwhile, a chieftain of APGA, Victor Umeh, who arrived at the LGA headquarters with other party members, was turned back by the general officer commanding 82 Division. The GOC who said he wants things to go well told Umeh: “You are not supposed to be here.”