It was quite a heartbreaking development in Ebonyi State after one person lost his life at a campaign ground following an attack by gunmen.
The victim is said to have been shot dead by some gunmen at the campaign venue of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
In the incident that happened at the campaign ground of the party, it was also learnt that the wife of a journalist in the state, Benjamin Nworie, narrowly escaped being killed during the attack.
The attack was learnt to have happened at Ezzagu Ward 1, in the Ishielu Local Government Area where the Ebonyi Central senatorial candidate of the party, Ken Eze, had visited for campaign.
A community source, Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (Ebonyi State Council), Nworie, narrated how the gunmen stormed the campaign ground and opened fire on party faithful.
According to him, the campaign ended successfully, but while the supporters were waiting to depart to their various destinations, the gunmen invaded the venue and started shooting sporadically.
He said, “It was around 5:30pm on Saturday, February 18, 2023 that I received a distressed call from my wife, Eunice, that she was in trouble. Her emotions were high and palpitating profusely.
“She narrated to me that she was calling me from a bush where she scampered to safety, which I sent a rescue team from my nearby village. She was unhurt.
“My wife was conveyed to the venue by the National President of Ogboji General Assembly, John Anyalagu; in the company of his wife and younger brother, Emeka Nwusulor.
“Unfortunately, while they were standing by the roadside for John to drive out his car for them to return back to Abakaliki, the hoodlums invaded and killed Emeka who was standing by.”
The hoodlums, Nworie further narrated, also burnt a Hiace Bus and another vehicle before leaving the scene of the incident.