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Enugu Governor-elect, police commissioner flee as ‘gunshot’ goes off during presentation of Certificates Of Return

There was drama and pandemonium during the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) presentation of Certificate of Return to Enugu state governor-elect, Peter Mbah when a loud bang believed to be a gunshot went off.

According to Sahara Reporters, Mbah, the Commissioner of Police Ahmed Ammani, and other dignitaries in attendance scampered to safety after hearing the thunderous sound in the hall.

The incident happened in the hall of Bon Platinum Hotel, Enugu on Thursday, when the governor-elect, his deputy, Ifeanyi Ossai, 23 members-elect of the Enugu State House of Assembly and hundreds of supporters and security chiefs had gathered.

Halfway through the presentation, the suspected gunshot blared loudly and sent the people scampering out of the hall, causing a stampede.

Sources who witnessed the incident told SaharaReporters that after an interlude of about 30 minutes, the exercise resumed but many stayed outside for fear that the building might collapse.

“I myself didn’t go back to the hall. The bang was much that everyone thought that the building would not stand for another next minute. I haven’t witnessed such a thing in my entire life. We thank God that the worst didn’t eventually happen,” an eyewitness said.

The unusual interruption turned what could have been a joyous moment into anxiety on an occasion witnessed by prominent personalities including the outgoing deputy governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, among other dignitaries.