8 others also injured
By Jimitita Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— One person was allegedly shot while eight others sustained injuries in a fracas between members of the All Progressive Congress APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the ever busy Rumuoprikom community end of Ikwerre road yesterday morning.
One of those reportedly shot, Mr Ndidi Owabie alleged that his father, the Paramount ruler of Rumuprikom commuity, Eze Anthony Owabie opened fire on him because of his refusal to join the All Progressive Congress, APC.
The state Police Commissioner, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin confirmed that the father of the boy who was shot and two others had been arrested by the Police, adding that a local gun was recovered from one of them.
Vanguard gathered that suspected political thugs allegedly barricaded roads in the community in the morning when they heard that Governor Chibuike Amaechi was to visit the area yesterday in his ongoing ward tour.
”The action of the youths allegedly triggered the crisis, causing traffic gridlock that lasted several hours on Ikwerre and other adjourning roads in the area,” a source told Vanguard.
Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Tony Okocha who spoke on the incident accused the Divisional Police Officer of the station in the area of not doing enough.
”There would not have been breakdown of law and order. The DPO was completely compromised,”, he alleged.
Continuing, he said the governor had however cancelled the planned visit to the area because of the sudden demise of the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Port Harcourt City local Government Area, Mr Charles Paul Ejokwu who slumped in the early hours of the day.
Governor Amaechi yesterday paid a condolence visit on the family of the deceased Caretaker Committee Chairman in Diobu area of Port Harcourt.