Obio-Akpor saga: APC/PDP clash in Rivers, father shoots son

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Aug 13th, 2014
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imageThe violence that erupted at Rumuepirikom in Obio-Akpor Local Government area of Rivers State took the worst dimension when the traditional ruler of the area, Eze Anthony Owabie allegedly shot his son, Clement Owabie.

Eze Owabie is supposedly loyal to the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and his stool was recently elevated by the state Government while his son, Clement is a staunch supporter of the Minister of state for Education, Nyesom Wike.

DailyPost had reported the crisis that erupted in the area on Wednesday morning when youths suspected to be sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, took over the street of Rumuepirikom in a bid to stop the planned visit of Governor Amaechi to the community.

The clash of the youths supporting the opposing political parties, PDP and APC eventually led to a free-for-all between the two factions.

However, DailyPost visited the hospital where the gun shot victim, Clement Owabie was being treated and he had this to say: “I was all alone in my brother’s car, which they had damaged already. So, I was trying to move away towards the road when my father just shot me from his building.

“I never knew he had shot other people”.

An eyewitness told DailyPost that: “Early this morning (Wednesday) at about 6 am, we saw some youths that were on rampage; before we knew what was happening, there was heavy crowd from Rumuepirikom. Owabie was tensed when he saw them. Probably he thought they were going to come and attack him.

“Suddenly we heard gunshots, then we realised that the gunshots were coming from the palace.

“Unfortunately, his son was the casualty”.

Meanwhile, the Rivers state Police command says it has arrested some suspects in connection with the early morning violence that erupted in some parts of Obio-Akpor Local government area.

The command further disclosed that some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, alongside the traditional ruler of the Community, Eze Anthony Owabie were also arrested, adding that some weapons used in the violence have been recovered by the police.

The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Tunde Ogunsakin stated this in an interview with DailyPost .

He said that about ten people suffered serious injuries in the fracas.

Ogunsakin said the command would commence investigation on the matter immediately.

He re-emphasised that the command placed a bab on all forms of political rallies in the area, stressing that there must be strict adherence to electoral Laws.

Ogunsakin, however, called on people of the state to remain calm, assuring that the police were on top of the situation, maintaining that the police would continue to do their best to protect the people of the state.

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