Unknown gunmen on Thursday, December 28, attacked the convoy of Anambra-based politician, Chris Uba, at Uga junction, which is Uba’s hometown.
According to reports, Uba’s convoy ran into the gunmen at Uga junction in Aguata local government area, leading to a gun battle between the gunmen and the police.
Eyewitnesses say Uba was able to escape because his car was bulletproof, adding that it was during the shoot-out that four persons, including two policemen, were killed.
It was also learnt that the gunmen aimed to kidnap the politician, but did not succeed and it is not clear if the gunmen succeeded in kidnapping anybody in the convoy.
Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Tochukwu Ikenga, had earlier today released a statement saying a manhunt has been launched for the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
“The command has launched an intensive manhunt for armed insurgents who infiltrated from a neighbouring state and killed two police personnel on 28th December 2023. The gang, which was disguised in military fatigue and seemed to be on a kidnap mission, were jolted on seeing two armed police officers approaching their direction.
“They opened fire on the officers who had moved ahead of the convoy they were escorting to decongest the traffic gridlock. Other personnel returned fire, careful not to hit many motorists who were in traffic, forcing the bandits to flee.
Police-led Mobile Forward Operating Base which had been on intensive patrol of the entire area throughout Christmas celebrations, promptly responded to the scene.
It recovered a Lexus SUV the gang operated with and defused an improvised explosive device found in the vehicle. It also recovered an AK-47 Rifle belonging to one of the slain personnel.”