Unknown Gunmen Ignore Buhari’s Visit, Launch Attack On Ebonyi Residents
Gunmen on Friday May 6, burnt one vehicle and a motorcycle at Ebebe Junction in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State.
A yet-to-be identified dissident group had earlier declared sit-at-home on May 5 and 6 in the South-East over the two-day visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Ebonyi.
Buhari, who is currently on a visit to the state inaugurated some projects constructed by Governor David Umahi. He also met with Igbo leaders and traditional rulers today.
It was gathered that the gunmen said to be enforcing the two-day sit-at-home struck early today, set a vehicle and motorcycle ablaze while an operator escaped death by a whisker.
Mr Anayo Chukwuemeka, a resident of the area, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the attackers fired several gunshots that got residents panicking and scampering for safety.”It happened in a flash. But when the gunshots died down and we came out, we saw that a vehicle has been burnt beyond recognition.
The driver of the vehicle, who managed to escape, told us that the gunmen said they are enforcing the sit-at-home declared in protest of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Ebonyi,” Mr Chukwuemeka said. “A motorcycle operator, who also escaped the attackers’ gunshots, told us that they fired at him but he miraculously dodged the bullets,” he added.
Also, Mr Simon Onwe, a shop owner in the area, said that the attackers came in a vehicle without a number plate, shot sporadically in the air, and immediately fled.”I was still inside my shop because I slept there; I heard the gunshots but I discovered later that they left a vehicle burnt beyond recognition while a motorcycle operator told us that he narrowly escaped their bullets.
It’s so unfortunate that we witnessed such an ugly incident in this area that is usually very peaceful and with business activities, especially in evening periods,” he said.
Meanwhile, a combined team of men of the Nigeria Police and the Ebubeagu Eastern Security Outfit, Ebonyi Command, have cordoned off the area.
CBN Governor, Emefiele Joins Presidential Race, Picks N100m APC Forms
Amid speculations about his assumed presidential ambition, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has picked the expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the presidential ticket under the platform of the ruling All progressives congress.
According to the daily trust, Emefiele picked up his nomination forms today at Abuja.Recall there have been rumors about his presumed presidential ambition for a while with some political watchers calling for his resignation.
A few months back, there were viral pictures showing branded cars and the apex bank chief’s campaign posters in some states but the pictures were all denounced by the CBN governor and his media team.
PREMIUM TIMES also reported in February that in an apparent reply to its editorial calling on Mr Emefiele to resign and pursue his political ambition, the CBN governor had in a series of tweets, said he was rather focused on the implementation of robust monetary policy that would support the fiscal policies of the government to grow the economy and address inflationary pressures.
His actions today, however, puts the speculations to rest as he has confirmed his entry into the race for the 2023 presidential elections
Source: Daily Trust