Barely 24 hours before the general elections, armed men attacked the Imo State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Comrade Simon Ebegbulem, and the member representing Okigwe South Federal Constituency, Deacon Chike Okafor.
Also attacked was the Managing Director of the Imo State Waste Management Agency , Barr. Kelechi Emeakaroha.
The incident occurred at a remote village called Alike close to Okata Community in Ihitte-Uboma Local Government Council of the state.
It was learnt that the incident occurred after a rally of the APC at Umuawuchi village the hometown of the House of Assembly candidate of the APC, Hon. Chike Olemgbe.
Reports said that the armed men ambushed the APC leaders while on their way back to Owerri at about 6:30 pm.
They opened fire on the Commissioner ‘s vehicle and other vehicles in the convoy of the House of Reps candidate, Dicken Okafor.
Commissioner Ebegbulem and his driver escaped through the whiskers but his vehicle and others were riddled with bullets.
Three other vehicles belonging to Deacon Okafor and Barr Emeakaroha were equally riddled with bullet but they were also lucky to have escaped.
Ebegbulem⁷⁷, who was contacted by journalists, confirmed the attack and urged security agencies to investigate the matter.