By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”THE Abia state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ndidi Okereke,Â Friday night escaped assassination attempt in Umuahia, the Abia state capital.
Okereke was said to be returning from Olokoro, the home town of the partyâ€™s National chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, when a group of unidentified men opened fire on his vehicle, as they approached the Isi Court junction, in Umuahia.
However, the policemen he had in his escort responded to the shooting, which perhaps prompted the attackers to flee.
The matter, according to sources was reported to the Ubakala police station by the party chairman because of the rising cases of killing in state in recent time.
Though it was not clear if it was an assassination attempt or hoodlums, who wanted to rob them, no one was however, hurt in the attack.
Okereke confirmed the incident in a telephone interview. According to him, â€œlast Friday night, we were returning from Olokoro, and on approaching Isi Court, a group of people started shooting at us. Luckily, our escort responded. Nobody was hurt to glory of God. We reported the matter at Ubakala police stationâ€.
Crime rate in the state has been on the increase in recent time, but government has been making concerted effort to tackle the problem, though not much resulted has been achieved. Last week, the State House of Assembly embarked on a three day praying and fasting to seek Godâ€™s intervention in the security situation in the state.