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General News of Tuesday, 7 November 2023


Bayelsa Governorship Election: Thugs invade PDP chieftain’s residence, 2 injured

Chief Diekivie Ikiogha Chief Diekivie Ikiogha

Reports on Tuesday, November 7, alleged that some political thugs targeted the home of Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, located in the Kpansia neighbourhood of Yenagoa, the state’s capital.

At approximately 2 a.m., they reportedly threw a suspected dynamite explosive into the building.

The people of Bayelsa will come out in their numbers on Saturday, November 11, to decide who will lead them for the next four years.

It was gathered that within the Opolo area of the state capital, two unidentified individuals were reportedly wounded in a shooting incident carried out by unknown assailants.

According to Punch, there were no injuries reported in the attack on Ikiogha’s residence, but the explosive damaged nearby window panes.

A visit to the scene revealed holes were seen on the ground and broken windows, apparently caused by the explosive’s impact.

Some residents in the vicinity reported hearing a loud explosion around 2 a.m. One of the residents said: “I heard a big explosion from this building around 2am last night. But I don’t know what caused it.”

Police yet to confirm incident

Ikiogha, a former Commissioner for Agriculture and Chief of Staff at the Government House in Yenagoa, refrained from commenting on the incident. Notably, he recently returned to the PDP, having previously defected to the All Progressives Congress.

In the lead-up to the Bayelsa governorship elections, Ikiogha switched from the APC to the Labour Party, where he participated in the primary election but lost to the LP’s gubernatorial candidate, Udengs Eradiri.

As Ebonyi union election turns bloody The state Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, was contacted for a statement but had not responded at the time of this report.