Panic as gunmen attack popular APC deputy governorship candidate, kill policeman

  • Unknown gunmen attacked the deputy governorship candidate of the APC in Rivers state, Innocent Barikor
  • The incident happened on Tuesday night, July 5, while Barikor was stepping out for a meeting in an undisclosed location
  • Though APC deputy governorship candidate escaped, his police orderly was killed on the spot by the gunmen

Port Harcourt, Rivers state – Innocent Barikor, the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, has escaped an alleged assassination in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The Nation reported that the gunmen who were after Barikor, however, killed his police orderly on the spot.

Innocent Barikor/APC Deputy Governorship Candidate/Rivers State
APC deputy governorship candidate in Rivers state, Innocent Barikor, attacked by gunmen.
Photo credit: APC Rivers State
Source: Facebook

The APC deputy governorship candidate was said to have left his office at the GRA on Tuesday night, July 5, for a meeting in an undisclosed location without knowing that some gunmen were waiting for him outside.

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An anonymous source cited by The Nation said on sighting Barikor, the gunmen opened fire.

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“Barikor escaped by the whiskers but his police orderly was not fortunate because the bullets hit and killed him on the spot,” the source was quoted as saying.

APC scribe reportedly confirms attack gathers that the deputy publicity secretary of the APC, Darlington Nwauju, has confirmed the attack.

Nwauju called for a thorough investigations into the incident and asked the Inspector-General of Police to wade into the matter.

Reacting, the police spokesman in Rivers state, DSCP Grace Iringe-Koko, said it was not a case of assassination.

Her words:

“It was not an assassination. Actually a policeman was shot. I think he was the target because they saw him with a rifle. Nothing happened to the candidate. We are investigating the incident and the place has been surrounded”.

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Panic as hoodlums attack northern lawmakers, injure 6, damage vehicles

In another report, suspected hoodlums have attacked some lawmakers as the crisis rocking the Bauchi State House of Assembly degenerated on Monday, July 4.

The hoodlums numbering 50 stormed a guest house located on Sir Kashim Ibrahim Road, a few meters away from the Bauchi State Government House and attacked the lawmakers who were holding a meeting.

They reportedly injured six members, smashed cars and windows of the houses turning everything in the house upside down. The incident was said to have happened at 4.00pm.


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