About 3 persons who lost their life during the gunmen assassination attempt on the life of Sen Ifeabyi Uba, the senator representing the Anambra south senatorial district, at Nkwo Enugu-Ukwu, in Njikoka LGA of Anambra state, on Sunday evening, Sept 11, 2022, has been identified.
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The deceased, Goodnews Mathais and Odum Ikechukwu, where identified through their friends and former colleagues who knew them personally and took to their respective social media pages to their mourn their fallen comrades. In one of the condolence posts shared on FB, one Amb Adichie Izuchukwu said he and late Mathias were together at an event last Thursday. His post reads;
“On Thursday , we were all together in Ekwuluobia for the reception of Cardinal Peter Okpaleke and yesterday being Sunday, I was with Goodnews Mathias in the morning before I went to church,”
“Late Odum Ikechukwu was Senator Ubah’s oldest staff, his Regional Manager and Goodnews, a Personal Aide who joined in 2012/2013. May the souls of my former colleagues and the souls of the security details that lost their lives yesterday RIP, Amen”
In addition, a source who spoke in anonymity said Senator Ifeanyi Ubah lost his personal treasurer, Mr Ikechukwu Odum who is his most trusted aide. He also lost his personal assistant, Mr Goodness Mathias, added that another man killed, who was not in the convoy of the Senator was identified as Onowu Agu-Ukwu Nri.
The source said that Late Onowu Agu-Ukwu Nri, is to be a titled chief in neighbouring Nri community, and had just driven to Enugwu-Ukwu to drop someone who visited him, who would be traveling to Lagos this morning, and he was unlucky to be at that point at the time when Senator Ubah was going to be attacked.
“He was driving a big SUV, so the assassins may have thought he was in the same convoy with the senator, and he was gunned down.”
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Other people identified to have been killed were six Mobile Police Men who were riding in the convoy of the Senator, and a driver, who was said to be driving one of Ubah’s cars.
The attack has been described as an assassination attempt on the senator, as eyewitnesses said the gunmen targeted every car in his convoy, especially his security men, and riddled them with bullets.
“In the confusion yesterday, all the cars were just hitting each other.
Since the vehicle the senator was driving in was a bullet proof car, his driver managed to manoeuver out of the damaged cars and drive away, even as it was being shot at,” the source narrated.