Outrage as thugs disrupt Labour Party meeting in Enugu
- Thugs attacked and disrupted a Labour Party meeting in Awgu local government area of Enugu state
- According to eyewitnesses, many people were wounded as the gunmen opened gunfire on the party members
- Labour Party governorship candidate in the state, Hon Chijioke Edeoga, confirmed the attack on the members
Awgu – A report by The Nation newspaper reveals that political thugs attacked and disrupted a Labour Party meeting in Awgu local government area of Enugu state on Sunday, September 4.
According to the report, the hoodlums, who numbered about 20, were armed with guns and machetes.
The attack which occurred at Awgu town in the area around 6pm, left no fewer than 17 persons injured.
According to eyewitnesses, many people were wounded as the gunmen opened gunfire on the unsuspecting party members.
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A source quoted in the report said:
“They came to the venue of the meeting in two buses and just when we were about to close the meeting, they started shooting into the air.
“While those who had guns were shooting into the air, others who had clubs and machetes, descended on us and wounded many people.”
It was reported that one member, who entered her car to answer a phone call, escaped death miraculously as they shot directly at her car.
Labour Party chieftain governorship candidate confirms attack
According to Sahara Reporters, the Labour Party governorship candidate, Hon Chijioke Edeoga, confirmed the attack on the party members.
Edeoga said he received a report of gunmen suspected to be political thugs attacking their members during their monthly meetings at Aninri ward and Awgu ward 1, and destroyed chairs, cars, canopy and wounded some people.
Labour Party chairman confirms attack on members
The chairman of the party in the council area, Ikechukwu Igwebuike, told Premium Times:
“They just stormed the venue on three motorcycles and started firing. We believe strongly that this is the handiwork of the opposition party.”
Labour Party member blames opposition
On his part, a Labour Party member in Enugu state, Emeodi Uba, blamed the opposition for the attack, saying they are scared of defeat.
Speaking to Legit.ng after the attack, Uba said:
“We are sure this is the handwork of opposition politicians, but they want to give the impression that the attack was carried out by unknown gunmen. We know this is their strategy but they won’t succeed.
“Labour Party is the number one party in Enugu. No amount of intimidation will deter us, not even violence. Come 2023, we will take over the state and the signs are there. I am sure that is why they decided to be attacking our members.”
Uba called on the security agencies in the state to ensure that political gatherings are not disrupted by hoodlums, especially as the campaign period for 2023 is fast approaching.
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