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Gunmen attack Soludo, kill three orderlies; but he is safe, says brother

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Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is safe after gunmen on Wednesday attacked an event he was at, killing his three orderlies.

A brother of the gubernatorial aspirant told Everyday.ng that he was safe and unhurt.

According to him, when the gunshots began ringing out, many were not initially perturbed thing it was a way of hailing him for a brilliant speech he was rounding up.

Stampede, however, set in when the gunmen came into the hall shooting and aiming at Soludo’s orderlies and picking up their weapons.

“I can tell you he is safe because I have been in touch with him,” he said last night.

According to The Punch, the incident happened in Soludo’s home town in Isiofia in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

An eyewitness said, “Gunmen disrupted an interactive session between Isuofia youths and Soludo at the town’s civic centre. Three policemen were reportedly shot dead in the meeting.”

A media aide to Soludo, who pleaded not to be identified, also confirmed the incident.

He said, “I can’t confirm the whereabouts of Professor Soludo. There was a stampede, I don’t know where Soludo is now.

“I only learnt that the state Commissioner for Public Utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne, was taken away but I have not heard about the whereabouts of Soludo.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, also confirmed the incident.

“The incident happened but as of now (8.15pm) I’m still gathering information about the incident,” he told The PUNCH.

Soludo, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, is a frontline aspirant in the November 6 governorship poll in the state.

▪︎ Additional reports by The Punch

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