The candidate of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), House of Assembly for Onitsha 1 State Constituency by name Afam Emejulu, survived attack on tuesday by suspected cultists at Egerton Street, Onitsha, Anambra state.
The attack, is said to happen just four days to the governorship and House of Assembly elections. Which made people to believe that it was sponsored by some political opponents.
News men reported the victim was attacked when he was leaving his house early in the morning.
“He was taken unawares by the thugs numbering about ten who laid ambush and accosted him, with one of them hitting him on the head with a hammer.
“Others clubbed, marched on him and hit him while he was forced to lie face down,” according to the source.
The source went on to say that, one of the boys to the victim, who rushed to rescue him, had his three toes chopped off with machete.
Elder brother to the victim, Raphael Emejulu, who confirmed the incident to reporters, said he was away when he got the news and had to rush back home.
He said, “On my way back, I saw Police Patrol team and I asked them to accompany me and they obliged.
“On arrival to the scene, my brother who was still lying face down was unconscious with blood gushing out of his nose and mouth.”
According to him, the thugs immediately took to their heels as they shot sporadically in the air.
He however said two of them were arrested while some ran into Onitsha Central Police barracks from where they escaped during a gun duel with the police.
He said the case has been reported at the police while the APC candidate and the boy whose toes were cut were taken to the hospital.
He added, “I personally incidented the matter and made statement at Central Police Station Onitsha.
“The police medical report was signed by one Edna Solomon, an Inspector of Police attached to the station and Dr. Okonkwo O. C. Of Onitsha General hospital.”
Although the reason of the attack on Afam was still sketchy as at press time, Raphael said it must have been politically motivated.
He said, “His campaign team the previous day mobilised over 3000 supporters for a road show where they displayed their capacity.
“It appeared their political opponents were uncomfortable. But power belongs to God, not man.”
When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer for CPS, Onitsha, Ifeanyi Iburu, said the matter was yet to be reported to him.
He said, “As the DPO of the Division, I would have heard the development if it actually happened.”
Source: National Daily