On June 2, 2017 at about 7.p.m., gunmen reportedly shot at Mr. Samuel Nweze, Publisher of a local tabloid, “People’s Leader” in front of his office at 2, Awolowo Street in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
According to Mr. Nweze, “I narrowly escaped death. I was lucky the assailants who came on a motorcycle missed the target; the story would have been a different one.”
“I heard a bang and I felt sharp pains and blood gushing out from my back.’’
The publisher added that he saw two men running with guns in their hands and only then did he realise that he had been attacked by drive-by shooters.
Condemning the attack, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ebonyi council, in a statement by its Chairman, Mrs. Veronica Oshim, described the attack as “senseless, unprovoked and barbaric” and called on security agencies to rise to the challenge adding that journalists must be provided with safe and secure environment to inform and educate the public.