The All Progressives Congress ( APC), Anambra State Chapter, has asked the Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, to up security intelligence in the state.
The party stated this in a statement by state publicity secretary,Okelo Madukaife, in reaction to the attack on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, representing Anambra South Senatorial District, on Sunday night.
While condemning the attack, Madukaife reminded the governor that there was a lot of work to be done on security issues in the state, particularly in the area of intelligence.
He said, ” The ferocious firearmed attack on the motor cade of the Senator Ifeanyi Parrick Ubah, representing Anambra South Senatorial Disrict and seeking reelection to the Senate, February 25, 2023 is ‘unAnambra-like’ and condemnable.
“Since the end of Nigeria’s Second Republic, and invariably since creation, Anambra State has not witnessed any significant partisan political violence and that has counted positively for the state.
“We are unable to speculate, in the time being, regarding the motive of this dastardly act, which has claimed roughly half a dozen lives and left many injured, with vast properties destroyed.
“We would also resist the temptation to name suspects, and urge caution for those focusing only on trends of the recent past , because it could be misleading in the circumstance.
“We condemn this action in very strong terms and urge the security agencies in the state to rise to the challenging, but inescapable task of fishing out the masterminds and perpetrators.
“We implore the state government to put on the garb of urgency in understanding that there is a lot of work to do on security issues in the state, particularly in the area of intelligence, stepping down distractions and side attractions.
“We would consider the management of this mishap a success when the government and the security agencies, update the state regularly on steps of investigation, until it is concluded with results.
“We commensirate with the families of the deceased and the Anambra State Police Command whose officers were felled in active service.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Sen Ubah, his family and the political class of Anambra State who need to campaign in tranquility in the coming general elections.”
Similarly, the Labour Party (LP) standard-bearer for Awka North/South Federal Constituency, Prof Lilian Orogbu, has condemned the attack on Ubah, describing it as reprehensible, unfortunate and devilish.
She urged the state government and security operatives to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime, and ensure they face the wrath of law.
She condoled with the families of the victims of the attack involving his aide(s) and police orderlies and warned that people should desist from such a dastardly act.