Gunmen fire at Gov. Amaechi’s convoy

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

Armed attackers have opened fire on the convoy of Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

At least two people were injured in the attack which occurred Thursday evening, a witness said.
The Police spokesperson for Rivers State, Muhammad Ahmad, could not be immediately reached. He did not answer or return calls.

The governor’s spokesperson, David Iyofor, said “thugs” shot at the governor in Rumuolumeni, Obio Akpor, area of Port Harcourt.

Obio Akpor is the home of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike.

Mr. Wike is locked in a long-drawn feud with the governor over the choice of Mr. Amaechi’s successor.

The governor was in Obio Akpor to campaign for the candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, his office said, blaming the attack on the opposition PDP.

PREMIUM TIMES could not confirm that claim.

Mr. Iyofor said the governor and his entourage were first attacked with bottles, stones and other objects before gunshots rang out, leaving two supporters of the governor injured.

More shots were fired as the governor was leaving, he said.

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