The rally of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Tuesday was disrupted by gunmen at Odoata Central School Field, Ihiala area of Anambra state.
The gunmen according to reports engaged security operatives in Governor Willie Obiano’s convoy in a shootout that lasted over one hour.
Although a soldier was shot during the shootout, there were unconfirmed reports that no fewer than six people lost their lives, while several people were injured.
It was gathered that the attackers came from Mgbidi in Imo State, which is a neighbouring local government with Ihiala in Anambra State.
A source said APGA was preparing to hold a political rally in the area when the gunmen suddenly attacked the venue when preparations were still on and started firing, adding that the firing started at a time the governor was arriving with his convoy, forcing his security details to repel the attackers.
State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the attack, said one Ak 47 riffle, two magazines with 30 rounds of ammunition and a Toyota Hilux van were recovered from the attackers.