Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, representing Anambra South, recently shared a harrowing account of the events that unfolded on September 11, 2022. On that day, an armed assault targeted his convoy in the vicinity of Enugwu Ukwu within the Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra, resulting in the tragic loss of four lives.
Senator Ubah narrowly escaped a potentially fatal outcome during this perilous incident when the assailants subjected his bulletproof SUV to a barrage of gunfire. Regrettably, two of his dedicated aides and two police officers, who were part of his security detail, were not as fortunate and lost their lives during the attack.
Remembering the incident one year after, Ubah wrote in an emotion-laden statement: “We shall never forget the sad event that occurred at Nkwọ Enugwu-Ukwu on Sunday September 11, 2022. On that day, I was returning from Nnewi Diocesan Synod and as if it was a movie, bullets started raining from all angles and sadly, two of my aides; Ikechukwu Odum and Goodnews Matthias, as well as two of the security personnel attached to me; Inspector David Jimoh and Sergeant Bello Lawan, paid the ultimate price.
“It was a horrifying experience that will forever be etched in our memories. The peaceful atmosphere suddenly turned into chaos and despair.
“The loss of lives, including my dedicated aides and security personnel, is a tragedy that words cannot fully express.
“Odum Ikechukwu and Goodnews Matthias were not just my aides; they were loyal and committed individuals who served with utmost dedication. Their untimely demise is a great loss not only to me, but also to their families, friends, and the community they belonged to.
“Their selflessness and unwavering support will always be remembered. The security personnel who lost their lives while protecting us also deserve our utmost respect and gratitude.
“They put their lives on the line to ensure our safety, and their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Their families have been left devastated, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them during this difficult time.”
The billionaire said the tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the unpredictable nature of this world.
“As we mourn the loss of our dear ones, let us also remember to cherish the memories we shared with them. Let us honour their lives by continuing the work they started and striving for a better and safer society.
“May the souls of Ikechukwu Odum, Goodnews Matthias, Inspector David Jimoh, and Sergeant Bello Lawan rest in eternal peace, and may their families find solace and strength in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” he added.