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Regional News of Thursday, 15 December 2022


Gunmen attack Atiku-Okowa youth mobiliser in Rivers

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A campaigner of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar identified as Mr. Rhino Owhorkire has been shot by gunmen suspected to be thugs.

Owhorkire, the Director for Youths Mobilization, Atiku-Okowa campaign team in Rivers State was reportedly shot on his way home in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State on Wednesday night.

Owhorkire was once allegedly abducted by thugs in a viral video and forced to renounce his support for the PDP presidential candidate.

In the latest incident, a source, who spoke in confidence said the hoodlums shot at Owhorkire’s vehicle tyres before firing him through the windscreen.

The source said Owhorkire was in pains and receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility.

He said: “He is a native of Aluu. He was driving to his house yesterday night and was shot by some unknown persons.

“They shot the tyres of his car, shot directly at his windscreen and that is how he received those injuries on his mouth. His mouth was scattered.

“As I speak with you, he is in serious pains. His mouth is scattered. But he is receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.”

Another viral video showed Owhorkire with blood dripping heavily from his injured mouth.

“I am dying. They shot me now. I am dying, they have shot me,” he said in the video.

When contacted, Rivers police spokerperson, Grace Iringe-Koko confirmed the incident, saying investigations were ongoing to arrest the culprits.

He said: “Yes, it happened. I have spoken with the Divisional Police Officer in that area. We are working to get the details, but I can tell you that investigation has commenced.

“We will get to the root of the matter and fish out those behind the attack and ensure they face justice”.