JUST IN: Anambra Assembly aspirant—Ikedoji escapes assassination attempt
As aspirant for the Anambra State House of Assembly for the 2023 general elections under the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Chief Augustine Ikeh Synod, popularly known as Ikedoji, on Wednesday, narrowly escaped an abduction/ assassination attempt by yet-to-be-ascertained persons.
News Band gathered that Chief Ikeh, who is also the Publisher of Bell News, an online newspaper, was accosted at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State, by unfamiliar faces.
His instinctive effort to avoid them failed and they immediately attacked him physically and tried to bundle him into a waiting vehicle.
Some passers-by, who observed the altercation, stepped in to resolve what was fast becoming a criminal scenario involving Ikeh, who is a well-known personality in Nnewi.
The attempt resulted in a free for all which, according to a source, enabled the political aspirant to escape.
He did not, however, escape the attention of his assailants who gave a hot pursuit.
Unknown to them, the young chief was heading to his waiting car, with his driver on stand-by.
As he tried to duck inside the car, one of the attackers struck again, spraying tear-gas in his eyes, as well as the eyes of his stand-by driver.
The driver, in desperation, managed to escape with his eyes almost shut.
News Band reached out to Chief Ikedoji who confirmed the attack but withheld details of the attack until “the right moment”.
When pressed, he mentioned some “big men”, including a young traditional ruler, in the industrial town, who he alleged were behind the attack but News Band withheld their identities until investigations are concluded.
Meanwhile, the young politician said that he has fled his home until security is assured.
Ikedoji’s Bell News trended online last week after it published the story of an alleged murder of Late Mrs. Chidiebere Iloka (Nee Ezenwonye) by her husband, Mba Mba, the chairman of Nnewi North Local Government Area (LGA) Transition Committee by the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo.
A source, who anonymously spoke to the medium from Nnewi, noted that the attack on Ikedoji barely days after he authorised the publication of the alleged murder of late Mrs. Iloka by her husband cannot be unconnected.
He said: “This is a case of the ‘the witch cried in the night and the baby died in the morning’. Nnewi people must look beyond the surface.”
More details of the attack will unfold shortly…