Soludo narrates how gunmen attacked him, killed three police orderlies
Former Central Bank Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, on Thursday narrated how the attack on him, which resulted in the death of three of his security aides, happened.
TGNews had reported that Soludo was attacked on Wednesday by unknown gunmen who killed three of his police orderlies.
Speaking on the incident on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’, the former CBN governor regretted the killing of the three police officers.
On how the attack happened, he said, “We were having an interactive session and we finished the mass about 4pm and the scheduled interactive meeting with the Isuofia youths. By the way, Isuofia happened to be my hometown. I’m a village boy and this is where I feel safest anywhere in the world. I walk the street, I jog in my community, I take long walks, I am everywhere as a village boy.
“With this interactive session, there were over a thousand youths seated and I was just making preliminary remarks to open up the interactive session with other dignitaries from the communities, commissioners and members of the house of assembly. And just as I was about to wrap up and I said, ‘Finally!’ for them to open up for comments and answers, gunshots! At first, I thought maybe the policemen were shooting in the air with the kind of exuberance in the hall until I began to hear people screaming and we all scampered for safety.
“It took more than 10, 15 minutes of continuous gun battle. By the time we all came back, we saw three bodies there lying in the pool of their blood – they were the three policemen. May God grant their souls eternal rest. We will continue to pray and support the family.
“I was totally unhurt, not in anyway hurt.”
Soludo is one of the governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the coming November 6 governorship election in the state.
Asked whether the attack had anything to do with his ambition, he replied, “I am friends with everybody contesting the office. I don’t think the office is worth the blood of even a chicken let alone a human being. I will be shocked that it was politically motivated and that it was aimed directly at me.”
He said he was worried over the kidnap of the state Commissioner for Public Utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne, during the attack, adding that investigation by security agencies will help unravel the perpetrators of the evil act.