Monday, 13 January 2014

Tension in Port Harcourt as Sen. Magnus Abe is flown abroad after police shoot-out

The tense political crisis Rivers State boiled over today as Senator Magnus Abe, the Senator representing Rivers South East zone and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) was shot twice in the chest and leg with a rubber bullet by some men of the River State Police command, which knocked him off his feet and has rendered him speechless and in severe shock. 

The party also reported the killing of five youngsters by the police at the rally of the party at the College of Arts and Science in Port Harcourt, along with the arrest of Ike Chinwo, a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Obio-Akpor Federal Constituency.

According to the APC spokesman, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the rally was already in progress when policemen from MOPOL 19 stormed the venue and started shooting rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the crowd.

”One of the rubber bullets hit Senator Abe, who fell to the ground and would have died instantly if his aides had not quickly grabbed him and rushed him to a hospital in D/Line in Port Harcourt,” said Eze.

The Senator has also being flown to a hospital in London to recieve further as it's reported that the impact of the rubber bullet could have caused severe internal bleeding. 

The Rivers State police command has denied shooting Chief Tony but turned up at the venue because the group did not apply for permit to hold the rally and that its men acted within its purview to disperse the group.

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