Senatorial candidate escapes assassination as hoodlums set ablaze campaign bus

The Enugu East senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Engineer Lawrence Ezeh, escaped assassination on Friday January 18, 2019 when hoodlums attacked his campaign train in Enugu, setting one of his branded Sienna buses on fire. The incident took place at Iva Valley Primary school, Enugu.

According to an eye witness, a team of hoodlums had trailed the campaign train of Prince Lawrence Ezeh, probably with the intention to attack the group.

“We noticed that an unmarked bus was following us all the way from coal camp when we went to campaign. After a while, it disappeared. We didn’t know they followed us to Iva Valley, not until one of our Sienna buses went into flames”, a member of the campaign team told journalists.

Also speaking, a resident of Valley Road 2, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he saw the incident while walking home. “They came in a small bus. One of them stepped down from the car and threw something at the campaign Sienna while the bus drove slowly.

“Then he jumped into their bus as it caught flames and they drove off fast.  I was the one who started shouting but it was dark and there was a lot of noise coming from the files where they were campaigning. Luckily, people ran up quickly and we used sand to quench the fire”, he said.

He revealed that the men had been arguing on whether to attack the crowd gathered at the campaigns or not but gave up the idea when one warned that the crowd would over power them. “That was when they settled for burning the bus”.

Engineer Lawrence Ezeh is contesting for the senate under the All Progressive Congress (APC). He is gunning for the Enugu East Senatorial zone seat at the Red Chambers.

Ezeh rose to popularity in Enugu state for his philanthropy, which includes the repair of three government bridges, construction of a 4.5 kilometer asphalt road with ditches and street lights.

Ezeh has also placed over 50 kids on life scholarship in Nkanu East local government where he hails from.

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