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Policeman Killed, 50 APC Members Injured As Gunmen Storm Governorship Campaign In Rivers

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Dakuku Peterside, APC governorship candidate

Dakuku Peterside, APC governorship candidate

The governorship campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State was again disrupted, yesterday, as several explosions rocked the Okrika National Field venue of the event. Some gunmen also stormed the venue, shooting sporadically.

Rivers State Police Command has confirmed that a policeman lost his life in the shooting at the venue of APC governorship rally in Okrika, while three others sustained gunshot injuries.

A statement by the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Muhammad also confirmed that a journalist with Channels television, Charles Eruka, was stabbed by suspected political thugs, who shot sporadically and detonated explosives at the venue of the rally.

The Police said it was the timely action of its men that saved the situation from further degenerating.

The governorship candidate of the party, Dakuku Peterside, told Vanguard on phone that about 50 members of his party sustained injuries from the attack.

Peterside said a policeman and a journalist with Channels Television, Charles Eruka, were also attacked by the suspected political thugs, noting that the journalist was allegedly stabbed.

“We arrived my alma mater, Okrika Grammar School first, where I paid a courtesy visit on the principal. That was at 11a.m. From there we proceeded to pay a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Ogoloma. Before we got to the venue of the rally, we heard that three explosives had been detonated at the school field. But things were normal when we arrived the venue. We started with praise and worship. Solidarity speeches were going on when suddenly shooting started.

“Fifty of our supporters were injured. A policeman was shot. The whereabouts of some of our members is still unknown. A journalist with Channels Television, Mr Charles Eruka was stabbed.”

He accused the factional Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Evans Bipi, of mobilising thugs to carry out the attack, an allegation Bipi denied on phone, saying he was in Bayelsa State commiserating with families of female members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who lost their lives, weekend, in an auto crash on the East-West Road.

Governor Rotimi Amaechi, who informed Reuters on phone about the incident, has blamed the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan for the attack on members and supporters of APC in Okrika.

This is the second time the governorship campaign rally of the party would be aborted in Okrika, hometown of the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience Jonathan.

Meantime, the PDP in the state has dissociated itself from the development, urging the police to unmask those behind it.
PDP, in a statement by its Chairman, Media and Publicity, Mr Emma Okah, appealed for a peaceful Rivers State before and after the elections.

“The PDP, Rivers State, disassociates itself from the reported violence which took place during the APC governorship rally in Okrika and calls for peace in the state as we prepare for the forthcoming general elections.”

The party condemned the act, stressing that the PDP will never contemplate violence.

“The PDP is a peace loving party and believes that everybody should be given equal opportunity in all parts of the country to hold rallies and canvass for votes.

“Violence does not end well and it is for that reason that we have continued to encourage our members to remain peaceful and law-abiding despite the recurring cases of provocation by the APC in Rivers State and many parts of the country,” he said.

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  1. domjay

    February 18, 2015 at 10:04 am

    the police warned u that d place is volatile for now,and u should hold on till they finish their investigation, u forced them against their wish that us rally must hold,see wat it has led to by losing one police officer,the problem with APC is like they’ve forgotten that they have fractions in okrika between the dakuku group and the magnus Abe group, this are the groups that have been doing all the shooting and killings in okrika,gov amaechi knows this.

  2. DONRASI

    February 18, 2015 at 10:44 am

    PDP and APC will always remn cat and dog every where…….even in my own state

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Forms Panel Of Enquiry

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.

This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.

The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).

Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.

There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.

The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.

He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.

“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”

It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.

It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.

She died at the age of 81.

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