A former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, on Monday escaped death as his convoy was involved in a bomb attack.
But four of his police orderlies were feared dead in an attack by gunmen.
The gunmen attacked his convoy and threw explosives at it when they could not capture Ohakim.
The former governor (2007-2011) was attacked at Oriagu in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area on Monday evening.
Ohakim’s backup vehicle was bombed, which resulted in the death of the four security detail.
It was learnt that Ohakim was with two of his children and was returning from a visit when the gunmen struck.
A source said: “His Excellency was the main target but his brave driver was smart enough to beat them because they were driving to block him.
“Disappointed that their main target had escaped, they blocked his backup vehicle and burnt it. The four policemen with him were feared killed.”
Ohakim’s media aide, Emma Chukwu, said: “I will comment on the issue later.”
Police spokesman Michael Abattam did not pick up his calls.