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Unknown Gunmen on Tuesday morning launched heavy attacks on the premises of Odoata Primary School, Ihiala where the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) planned to hold its campaign rally.
The Eastern Updates gathered from sources that the gunmen stormed the area in the morning with about four vehicles. They said that the gunmen, who were heavily armed, opened fire upon arrival at the venue.
They said that security operatives on ground quickly engaged them in a fierce gun battle even as the residents of that area fled the vicinity.
Sources equally revealed that the convoy of the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, was caught in the middle of the ensuing pandemonium; and for that reason could not move until the situation was brought under control.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the attack however, he insisted that that the combined team of security operatives involving the police and the army repelled the attackers.
However, APGA has dismissed the report that the governor was attacked. It said that neither its rally in Ihiala nor Chief Obiano was attacked by the gunmen.
Deputy Director, PGA Campaign Media Directorate, Emeka Ozumba, told newsmen that the governor was not in the vicinity during the gun battle as he was in Ogbaru Local Government Area at the time.
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