Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gunmen attack APC rally venue in Patience Jonathan’s home town

Political thugs, in the early hours of today, invaded the venue of the All Progressives Congress governorship rally in Okrika Local Government Area in Rivers State.

Wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience, hails from Okrika.

According to the APC Chairman in Okrika, Mr. Christian Asifamaka, the armed youths invaded the venue at about 3.45am.

Asifamaka said in a statement that the hoodlums shot sporadically, threw dynamites into the National School Field venue of the rally in Okrika and destroyed the podium already set up for the programme and other facilities in the arena.

"In the wee hours of the morning of Saturday 24, 2015 at about 3.45am, some armed youths started shooting at the venue of the APC governorship rally National School Field Okrika.

"Those setting up the sound system and the podium were forced to flee for their lives.

"At about 4am, they started shooting explosives into the arena and destroyed the podium, sound equipment and some canopies. The boys came in a white Hiace bus and allegedly came in from Igbiri, a community that shares borders with Mrs. Jonathan's Oba Ama community." a statement by Asifamaka on Saturday read.

Meanwhile, the Police in Rivers have confirmed the attack.

The Police Commissioner, Mr Dan Bature, told newsmen in Port Harcourt thatno life was lost, adding that ''the area is now under polic control while the bomb disposal unit has commenced investigation,''

Bature said the police had advised the All Progressives Congress to reschedule its rally billed for Okrika on Saturday, to another date.

''The Command is determined to enforce law and order, provide adequate security for all political parties and ensure that the full wrath of law is visited on any person or persons who dare and wish to test our capability,'' he added.

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