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An undisclosed number of gunmen last night attacked the constituency office of the member representing Bende federal constituency of Abia State, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, destroying office furniture, billboards, and other valuables.
An eyewitness who spoke to The Eastern Updates reports that the attackers arrived in two vehicles, including a Sienna and two motorcycles, and opened fire intermittently. This caused tension in the neighbourhood as people going about their daily routine fled for safety.
In response to the news, Kalu, who serves as the spokesperson for the House of Representatives, expressed his regret over the unjustified attack and said that it was driven by politics.
He said the people of his constituency are not deterred by the attack, and he’s determined to ensure that what belongs to the people gets to them.
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While expressing confidence that the culprits will be fished out by security agencies, Kalu who’s seeking second-term reelection in the House of Representatives, appealed to his constituents to remain calm and avoid taking the laws into their hands.
He said, ‘That constituency office has been there since 2018 till now and it has not been attacked, but only few days to the election. We are really proud of what we have done for the people, many are offended and they are trying to team up to suffocate democracy that is at its best in Bende federal constituency.
‘They have destroyed property, but they have not destroyed the road that we have built, they have destroyed billboards, but they have not broken the bridges that we have built, they have shattered the windows of my office, but they have not shattered the empowerment we have given to the people to be on their feet.’
Meanwhile, the DPO in charge of the area was on ground to ascertain the level of damage and assured that investigation will unmask those behind the attack.