Lucky Okperi, the former Delta State House of Assembly member representing Isoko South constituency 1 and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Isoko South Local Government Area of the state, his children and driver narrowly escaped assassination along Asaba-Kwale road.
SaharaReporters reliably learnt that on Friday, the lawmaker’s driver, simply identified as Rex, conveyed the lawmaker’s children from Oleh, Isoko South LGA where they went for Christmas celebration, to Asaba. On his way back to Oleh at about 5pm, he noticed that a Corolla car was trailing him.
Speaking with our correspondent via telephone, the lawmaker’s driver said: “My boss asked me to carry his children from Oleh back to Asaba since the Christmas celebration was over. On my way back, I noticed that a Corolla car with two unidentified hefty men was trailing me from Ogwashu-Uku.
“At this point, I had to accelerate. However, the car that was following ours doubled-crossed us at Ossisa town and one of the men jumped out from the car, and entered the passenger’s seat of the car I was driving. He brought out a pistol and asked me questions such as ‘where is your boss?’; ‘where are his children?’ All this time, a gun was pointed at my head. I was then ordered to drive straight to Kwale and from there, I was ordered to face Ogume road.
“I had no option than to obey and I drove into Ogume road. When we got to a very lonely forest, I was again ordered to drive inside the forest. Before I could say Jack Robinson, I was shot. As I was shot, I found a way to escape into the forest. As I was inside the forest, they started shooting sporadically and telling me to come out from the forest or they would burn my car. Before the Police arrived the scene, they had set the car ablaze.”
According to Rex, the target was his boss, who was not in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
“Who knows if his children would have also been assassinated by the gunmen if they were still in the vehicle. The incident is politically motivated; that I can tell. But I thank God that their plans failed,” he added.
When contacted, Okperi, a lawyer, confirmed the incident and accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, the House of Representatives minority leader and member representing Isoko federal constituency, Leo Ogor of being behind the attack.
Meanwhile, the matter has been reported at the Abbi Police Station for further investigation.
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The spokesman for the command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Saturday that he merely read the report of the arrest in a social media platform.
He said, “From our end here, we do not have such report. I only read the report in the social media.”
He was reacting to the allegation by Mr Benedict Godson, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia that a security agency arrested and “are in custody” of a man in possession of more than 500 written results.
Godson said that the suspect was being held by security operatives.
He said that the party was not comfortable with the activities of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr. Joseph Iloh.
He accused Illoh of bias and demanded that “he should strive to be neutral and not one-sided.”
He alleged that there was a conspiracy between the REC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to stop APC impending electoral victory.
“We pray that God will touch the REC’s heart to play the game according to the rule.
“We also appeal to REC and PDP to stop the conspiracy and allow a free, fair and credible election,” Godson said.
He said that APC would not accept any election results that was not signed by the party’s agents for the polls.
He appealed to the police and other security agencies in the state to do the needful to ensure that the elections were peaceful and credible.
Reacting, the Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Don Ubani, dismissed the allegation, saying that the party had no plans to rig any elections in the state.
Ubani said that he had earlier issued a statement accusing the REC of withholding the result sheets.
He, therefore, wondered why APC would turn around to allege that the party and PDP were in a conspiracy to rig the polls.
Attempts made to get the reaction of the REC were unsuccessful as he was said to be “very busy” to attend to newsmen on the issue.
He also could not pick phone calls put across to him.
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The Acting Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Orisewejie Chuks, in a telephone chat with our correspondent, said, “Yes, it is confirmed.”
ASP Chuks said he does not know if the killing of the Governor’s aid was political or related to leadership tussle.
While noting that the Police have swung into action, ASP Chuks stressed that the culprits must be brought to justice.
It would be recalled that the late Lawrence Akpomiemie Ijeh was shot dead overnight in his car on his way from an event in Ekpan Community by gunmen.
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Heavy gunshots are heard from different parts of the town, with all residents indoors.
The attackers were said to have entered the town at about 6pm today.
Buni Yadi is about 50km away from Damaturu, and has recently suffered Boko Haram attacks, with their target on military formations.
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