Dr. Abiye Sekibo, Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council in Rivers State, narrowly escaped an attack on Thursday, February 9th, when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle. The incident took place in Rainbow town in Port Harcourt, the state capital, as Dr. Sekibo was on his way to inspect the venue of a PDP presidential rally.
According to Dr. Sekibo’s account, the attackers were dressed in police uniform and opened fire on his bulletproof SUV. He reported that this attack took place after the rally’s venue had been set on fire, and as he and his team approached the site to assess the damage. He stated that he recognized the attackers as police officers as they were driving Hilux vehicles with police markings.
This incident has raised serious concerns about the security situation in Rivers State and the safety of political campaign activities. It also highlights the need for adequate security measures to be put in place to protect political leaders and supporters during campaigns. The police have been informed of the incident and are investigating the matter.
Dr. Sekibo’s close call serves as a stark reminder of the dangers that political leaders and campaigners face in Nigeria. It is imperative that the government and security agencies take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of all political leaders and supporters and maintain a peaceful environment during campaigns and elections.