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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, described as barbaric and condemnable, the shooting in Anambra State at the convoy of the senator representing Anambra South, Ifeanyi Ubah.
A statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he is “closely monitoring the situation and waiting for further details on the response to the situation by the police, military and other security agencies.”
This comes as the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, described the attack as wicked and evil, noting that it was a big setback to the relative calm restored to the state recently.
Ngige urged the people of the state not to succumb to fear over the attack on Ubah that claimed the lives of aides and security agents.
The PUNCH reported that Ubah’s convoy was attacked by gunmen in Enugwu-Ukwu, Njikoka Local Government Area of the state on Sunday while returning to his home town, Nnewi, killing many, including as many as four policemen.
The statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity is titled, ‘President Buhari condemns as barbaric, attack on Ifeanyi Ubah.’
It read, “We are deeply concerned about the activities of armed groups in the region and other parts of the country.
“The nation has lost four brave policemen and other aides of the senator. On behalf of the government and the people, we pay our respects to these security men and the aides who were brutally murdered. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this difficult time.”
In a statement by his media office in Abuja on Wednesday, Ngige asked security agencies to hunt down and bring the murderous perpetrators to justice.
The minister said, “It is certainly a setback at a time many had thought reprieve has come from the dreadful darkness that lately enveloped our dear state. However, we must not allow that daylight horror to trip our determination to the crosshair of another cycle of tragedies. Evil must not win.
“I hence charge the security agencies to double efforts to fish out the criminals as quickly as possible. Ndi-Anambra must not succumb to fear but rally around the government and the security agencies to track the criminals terrorising our state.”