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Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Chukwuma Soludo has narrated what went down when he was attacked by gunmen disclosing that the “gun battle” between police officers and gunmen lasted for more than 15 minutes.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance Guber aspirant was yesterday attacked by gunmen at an interactive town hall meeting, in his hometown; Isuofia in Aguata LGA, Anambra.

Three of his security details- police officers were killed in the attack, while the state commissioner for public utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne, was abducted by the attackers.

Appearing on Channels Television programme- Politics Today, the former CBN governor narrated how he started hearing gunshots when he was about rounding off his speech.

The former CBN governor said he thought it was the police officers that were shooting into the air when the gun battle started.

Soludo added that everyone at the meeting scampered for safety while the gun battle lasted.

He said they met the bodies of three police officers in a pool of their blood afterward.

“Just as I was about to wrap up, I said, finally, for them to open up for comments, questions, and answers. Gunshot! At first, I thought maybe the policemen were shooting in the air, concurring with the kind of exuberance in the hall itself,” Soludo said.

“Until I began to hear people screaming and all of that and everybody began to scamper for safety. Then, it took several minutes, more than ten, fifteen minutes of continuous gun battle going back and forth and stopping and starting again.

“By the time we all came back, we saw 3 bodies laying in the pool of their blood. They were the 3 policemen. May God grant their souls eternal rest.”

Soludo said he will be shocked if it turns out that the attack was politically motivated.

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