The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State on Sunday said that two of its leaders in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state were shot dead by supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The victims were identified as Ibima Olunta, PDP Chairman Ward 2 Abonnema and Goodfellow Bobmanuel, a PDP councillorship aspirant, ward 2 Abonnema. They were reported to have killed at the front of their houses.
Condemning the murder of the politicians, State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Felix Obuah called for the arrest and prosecution of the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Fenibo Jack.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media, Mr. Jerry Needam, Obuah criticised the reign of terror against PDP members by the APC government of Governor Rotimi Amaechi in the state.
“The PDP accuses the outgoing Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi of using tax payers’ money meant for the development of the State to buy arms for youths ahead of the general elections,” the state party chairman said.
Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmad Mohammad, confirmed the killing of two persons on Saturday in Abonnema. However, he said that the police was alerted over a gun duel involving cultists.
“Our men at Abonnema were alerted of the ongoing shootings involving cultists. They (police), on arrival at the scene found one dead, took another injured to the hospital who later died,” he said.
He said that investigation into the matter was ongoing, assuring that the police would unravel those behind the heinous act.