Gunmen in Nigeria killed five aides, including security personnel, during an attack on a Nigerian senator’s convoy in southeastern Ambara state on Sunday evening, a senator’s spokesman said on Monday.
Spokesperson Kamehameh Ogbona told Reuters that Senator Ifeni Ubah’s convoy was attacked in Enuguwu-Ukwu, a community in the Njikoka local government area of Ambara, but survived without injuries as he was traveling in a bullet-proof vehicle. .
Ogbona said he was in the same car with Ubah at the time of the attack, which he described as an attempted murder.
Police said they are investigating the incident and will give an update later.
Unknown gunmen are responsible for a series of attacks on politicians, security forces and government targets in the southeast, where separatists are agitating for secession.
The government accuses the indigenous people of the outlawed separatist group Biafra (IPOB) of attacks and other criminal activities in the region. IPOB denies the allegation and states that it seeks non-violent measures to achieve its goals.