Yesterday, gunmen attacked the convoy of Chris Azubogu, the lawmaker representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency in Anambra State.
However, Azubogu was not in any of the cars during the attack, which killed his driver and left another person seriously wounded.
The incident reportedly occurred in the afternoon around Okacha junction, Neni, in the Anaocha Local Government Area.
Ikenga Tochukwu, Police Public Relations Officer, could not be reached for confirmation as calls to his telephone line were not answered.
There was also panic in Ajalli, Orumba North Local Government Area of the state after armed men attacked a police station, with some police officers feared dead.
The building was set on fire, while some persons, most likely suspects in police custody, were feared trapped in the fire.
This came as residents of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and the Imo States resolved to panic buying in different markets.
In Anambra, all markets, including banks experienced huge human congestion, while motor parks swarmed with passengers, as people tried to travel before today’s Independence Day anniversary. It was also gathered that families canceled all burial ceremonies.
Secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had cautioned in a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, that no celebration of any sort would take place in the region, vowing that anybody seen outside today, would have him or herself to blame.
The group also directed that the Nigerian flag should not be seen flying in Igbo land today. It said its planned total shutdown of the South East is designed to express its rejection of the Federal Government.
But reacting to IPOB’s planned shutdown of the region, the Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, said: “All flags must be flying very high tomorrow (today). In fact, they should fly higher. We believe in one, equitable and fair Nigeria and we will fare better in a united Nigeria where there is justice, equity and love.
“We condemn in totality the insecurity in the South East orchestrated by our own people tagged ‘unknown gunmen’. I appeal, on behalf of the governors, that this should come to a stop. We are very mobile people. Restricting our people is attempting to destroy us, and I am sure that every man and woman in the South East knows that.”