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Election: Radio Bayelsa Staff Amongst Those Shot Dead As Thugs Ambush PDP Supporters In Nembe

Valentine Chinyem



Five persons have lost their lives and several others injured as suspected All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs disrupted a campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nembe Ogbolomabiri, Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Wednesday.

Anongst those who died was a staff of the Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Simon Onu, who was killed by a stray bullet.

Four others who were said to be supporters of the PDP and indigenes of Nembe-Ogbolomabiri community, also lost their lives, during the violence.

A policeman was shot in the leg, while many others sustained various form of injuries.

Party loyalists scampered for safety, as the armed thugs opened fire on them at the King Koko Square, venue of the campaign rally.

More so, the attackers, were said to have shot sporadically at the protocol bus of the Bayelsa State Government House along the junction between Bassambiri and Ogbolomabiri.

Some journalists were also caught in the violence as many of them sustained injuries and were only rescued from the scene by the military.

Speaking on the sad incident, National Vice Chairman of PDP (South-South), Elder Emmanuel Ogidee, who described the violence unfortunate despite the peace accord by all political parties, said, “We want the Federal Government to take action. We want them to bring those involved to book.”

More so, spokesperson for the PDP campaign council in the state, Fidelis Soriwei, said, “We were going to do live coverage of the rally that is why we went with OB Van. Our people, including our media crew, are trapped at Nembe.

“How do you have a state where you can go to the governor’s town to do rally, but the ruling party cannot go to Nembe to do rally?” said Mr Soriwei who is also the spokesperson to the Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson.

“There was no fight, you just brought out guns and started shooting at people. These are the same people who were shouting that PDP was stockpiling guns. Now, look at what has happened!”

The spokesperson said Governor Dickson was expected to be at the rally, but was waiting to receive the national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, who was also expected to attain the rally.

“I think the flight that would have brought the national chairman was delayed that is why the governor didn’t move immediately to Nembe for the rally,” he said.

Mr Soriwei expressed disappointment with security agencies which he said were not living up to their task.

“Where are the men of the Nigerian military! Where are the police! Nigerians can now see who is stockpiling arms! All these deaths just because of campaigns! Is this an election? What a descent into barbarism! Again, what is the plan for security! A ruling political party is being prevented from campaigning in an election?” Mr Soriwei wrote on his Facebook page

However, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Asinim Bustwart, was yet to respond to calls made to him.