2023: Applications for escorts flood Police Commands, as politicians fear political killings

The gun attack on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah last week has from all indications sent shivers down the spines of politicians across the country.

Recall that the gunmen, suspected to be hired assassin, had last week attacked Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, at Enugwu-Ukwu community, in Njikoka local government area in Anambra State. Ubah represents Anambra-South senatorial district in the National Assembly. The gruesome attack caused the death of five persons in his convoy, including two policemen and three aides.

Following the unrestricted manner the assassins smoothly carried out the heinous ambush on Ubah, virtually most politicians in the country, particularly the South-East, now move about with heavy police or armed security escorts.

Investigation carried out revealed that some politicians who do not have bullet-proof vehicles and are yet to secure armed police escorts, have besieged their respective State Police Commands across the country for authentications and approvals to that effect.

It was gathered that besides seeking for armed security protection, the rich and politicians have equally moved for other protective devices like bullet proof vehicles, bullet proof vests, trained security dogs and close circuit television (CCTV).

Observers have pointed out that one factor that really confirms the fear gripping Nigerians politicians is their failure to freely associate with the very particular people they come to canvass votes from when they start campaigning.

In spite of the assurances by spokesperson of the State Police Command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, that the Force would unravel how the attack on Ubah was carried out and even promised that the public would be protected, the politicians in the South-East are still very much cowed.

Although the Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma, has been moving about with heavily armed mobile police and army escorts in his official convoy, he expressed his shock following the assassination attempt on Ubah.

Ubah had kept to himself until he eventually spoke to newsmen about the sad incident which claimed some lives of his aides. 

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