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Suspected thugs attack candidate in Anambra

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By Phil Okose, Onitsha

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Onitsha I state constituency, Anambra State Assembly, Afam Emejulu, on Tuesday survived by armed .

According to family sources, Emejulu, a legal practitioner, was leaving his house at Egerton Street, in Onitsha in the early hours of Tuesday when the , numbering about 10, who laid ambush, accosted him. “One of them hit him on the head with hammer while others clubbed, marched on him and hit him as he was forced to lie face downwards”, the source said, adding that one of his aides who rushed to rescue him had his three digits chopped off his leg with machete.

The elder brother, Raphael Emejulu, who confirmed the incident to newsmen that he received the news of the and rushed back. “On my way back, I saw a police patrol team who I asked to accompany him and the team obliged”.

“On arrival to the scene my brother was already lying face down, unconscious with blood gushing out of his nose and mouth. The thugs were seen running away and shooting sporadically but two of them were arrested while some ran into Onitsha Central Police (CPS) barracks from where they escaped as police exchanged fire with them”.

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“I personally reported the matter at the Central Police Station Onitsha. Both my brother who is the APC candidate and the boy whose digits were cut were taken to the hospital.”

The was signed by one Edna Solomon, an inspector of police attached to the station and Dr Okonkwo O. C. Of Onitsha General hospital.” he revealed further.

When contacted, in his office to confirm the incident, the divisional police officer (DPO) for CPS, Onitsha, Ifeanyi Iburu, became hostile to newsmen and accused them of carrying fake news adding that nobody had reported such a matter to him.

Iburu said further that, “I allowed you, newsmen to come in when I was told you came for emergency”, saying to the journalists that, “there is nothing emergency in what you come for”,

“As the DPO of the division, “I would have heard the development if it actually happened”.

The DPO who literally walked the journalists out of his office, denied that the matter was reported in his station.

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This denial, however, contradicted the statement of the elder Emejulu, who said he did not only incident the matter at CPS but made statement there and form issued to him.

Although the motive of the attack on Afam was still sketchy as at the time of filing this report, his elder brother said they could not rule out political motive. He buttressed his point by saying that the campaign team of his brother, the previous day, mobilised over 3,000 supporters for a road show where they displayed their capacity.

He said it appeared their political opponents were uncomfortable but said that “power belongs to God, not man”.

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