Atleast, eight persons were shot and injured when supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress clashed in Rumueprikom community, in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Sporadic gunshots by the combatants forced traders to close their shops in the battle area, which is the hometown of the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike.
Trouble reportedly started when the deposed
Eight injured in PDP, APC clash in Rivers , shot at a group of men at Wimpey Junction in the town.
The bullet, according to an eyewitness, hit the monarch’s son, Clement Uwabie, a strong member of the PDP.
Uwabie’s son explained to newsmen in the hospital, where he and the other injured persons were receiving treatment that his father shot him because he refused to join the APC.
Some youths were said to have converged on Rumueprikom on Wednesday in anticipation of the visit of the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, who had been on tour of the local government areas.
Eyewitnesses said the youths were beating drums when they heard the sound of gunshots.
Angered by the development, the youths were said made moves to storm Chief Uwabie’s residence, but were stopped by the police.
The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, who confirmed the incident, said Uwabie shot his son and six other people.
Ogunsakin disclosed that the chief had been arrested by the police while the gun used in shooting his victims had been recovered.
“Chief Anthony Uwabie of Rumupirikom was arrested after he shot six people and his son. He was arrested along with four others whose identities are yet to be confirmed.
“The chief has volunteered useful information to the police and we have successfully recovered a single-barrelled gun with expended cartridges, pellets and live ammunition from the aforementioned chief,” the CP said.
Ogunsakin added that the matter had been transferred to the State Anti-Robbery Squad for further investigation.
He warned politicians to shun campaigns and political meetings aimed at wrecking havoc on the people of the state.
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