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C’River PDP senatorial candidate escapes assassination

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By Emmanuel Una

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for Cross River South senatorial district, Chief Gershom Bassey, weekend escaped assassination as gunmen stormed his residence at Asari Eso Layout, Calabar.

It was gathered that the gunmen, whose number could not be ascertained, got to Bassey’s residence late in the evening and attempted to force their way into it through the entrance gate of the expansive compound.

Eye witness account said that in the ensuing melee, the gunmen released volleys of gunshots at the police and security personnel stationed at the gate, seriously injuring a policeman and personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp, NSCDC.

However, the account said the assailants could not gain entry into the residence as they were fiercely resisted in a gun duel that occurred during the encounter.

Apparently sensing that the mission had failed, the gunmen retreated and escaped in a getaway vehicle that was stationed some distance away from the gate of the residence.

Vanguard gathered that the PDP senatorial candidate was not at home when the gunmen came looking for him.

Commenting on the attack yesterday, the PDP senatorial candidate said there was an attack on his residence on Saturday evening.

Bassey disclosed that a policeman and NSCDC personnel who were injured by the attackers, had been admitted in health facilities in the state receiving treatment.

Also confirming the attack, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for Cross River State, Mr. Hogan Bassey, said the police was investigating the attack, with a view to tracking and arresting the gunmen.

The PPRO said the assailants failed in their bid to gain entrance into the residence because they were resisted and repelled.

He urged politicians in particular and members of the public to be very vigilant not to be caught unaware by criminals, especially during this electioneering period.

The PPRO advised members of the public to always raise the alarm whenever they suspected any criminal activity directed against them or their neighbours so that the police could be alerted early enough to swing into action.

The latest attack is coming on the heels of a similar attack made by gunmen on the speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly, Larry Odey, in his Calabar residence, on the night of Tuesday, January 27.


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