On Thursday, two men on a motorbike shot at Nnamdi Nsorom, an aide to the Imo West Senatorial Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential and National Assembly election, Jones Onyereri.
Nsorom, who is currently in critical condition at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, was at the gate to his boss’ house located behind Concord Hotel in the state capital, when the gunmen reportedly sprayed bullets at the gate, which hit him on the chest and arm.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Orlando Ikeonkwu, on Thursday night told Premium Times that Mr Nsorom was trailed to the spot by the gunmen.
According to Mr Ikeonkwu, the attackers carted away some money found on Mr Nsorom as soon as he was shot. He said: “The attack was not on Honourable Onyereri but one of his aides. Information at our disposal indicated that he was being trailed and as soon as he was at the gate, they opened fire on him and carted away some money. “The commissioner has ordered full investigation into the matter and based on the lead, our men are also on the trail of the gunmen.”
However, Mr Onyereri has denied knowledge of money being stolen at the spot, saying the report was strange to him. According to him, he was yet to be briefed that money was carted away by the gunmen and that he could not have asked the victim, who was being wheeled to the theatre, whether the attackers took money or not.
Onyereri was Governor Rochas Okorocha’s major opponent during the senatorial election on February 23, and has vowed to reclaim what he described as his stolen mandate.