By Dipo Awojobi – The Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has survived an assassination attempt.
This happened a few hours after the drama at the Mile One Police Station between Governor Nyesom Wike and Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, over the INEC Collation Officer of Port Harcourt City Local Government, PHALGA Ward 10.
Unidentified gunmen attacked the APC 2015 governorship candidate Sunday while driving in a convoy.
The NIMASA DG escaped unhurt but not so for his police orderly, who was shot and is currently fighting for his life at a hospital.
Statement By Dakuku Peterside:
“Two Jeeps belonging to Emeka Woke, Nyesom Wike’s Chief of Staff carrying two unknown gunmen trailed us to UTC Junction and opened fire on my car. Our car however did a detour to the DSS office gate where we drove to seek refuge but the unknown gunmen opened fire again at the SSS men on guard.
“The exchange of fire between the DSS men and the assailants lasted for more than 30 minutes. This is a very ugly experience but I thank God that my colleagues and I escaped unhurt”.
“Today’s experience is not only terrifying but also shows the parlous state of security in Rivers State. If I can be engaged openly by gunmen for nearly an hour in the heart of Port Harcourt, only God knows the fate that will befall members of our party and those sympathetic to our predicament. What is happening today in our dear state is not only horrible but also constitutes serious national security risk.”