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Animosity in Rivers state takes severe turn

21 March 2016, 09:16

Abuja - The animosity in the Rivers State has taken a severe turn with the All Progressives Congress (APC) linking Governor Nyesom Wike to a ploy to assassinate Dakuku Peterside, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

The two went head-to-head for the 2015 governorship election that Wike won under controversial circumstances.

Peterside was on Sunday said to have narrowly escaped death after his vehicle was attacked by gunmen in two utility vehicles on his way from the Port Harcourt International Airport.

"Two Jeeps belonging to Emeka Woke, Nyesom Wike’s Chief of Staff carrying two unknown gunmen trailed us to UTC Junction and opened fire on my car.

Our car however did a detour to the DSS (Department of State Services) office gate where we drove to seek refuge but the unknown gunmen opened fire again at the SSS (State Security Service) men on guard," APC quoted Peterside as alleging.

He said the exchange of fire between the DSS men and the assailants lasted for more than 30 minutes.

"This is a very ugly experience but I thank God that my colleagues and I escaped unhurt."

Peterside argued Sunday’s experience was not only terrifying but also showed the parlous state of security in Rivers State.

"What is happening today in our dear state is not only horrible but also constitutes serious national security risk. “If I can be engaged openly by gunmen for nearly an hour in the heart of Port Harcourt, only God knows the fate that will befall members of our party and those sympathetic to our predicament," said Peterside.

The alleged attack on Peterside coincided with contentious re-run elections in Rivers.

Comment could not be obtained from Wike’s office late Sunday ahead of publication. 

- CAJ News


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