The Rivers State Police Command on Friday said gunshots that rocked Obio Akpor local government area of the state on Thursday when Governor Rotimi Amaechi went on a door-to-door ward campaign in the area was fired by security operatives in Amaechi’s entourage.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Amaechi, David Iyiofor, has alleged that thugs loyal to the Peoples Democratic Power (PDP) attacked Amaechi during a campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the hometown of Nyesom Wike, the PDP gubernatorial candidate of the state.
However, in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Police, Ahmad Muhammad, it states: “The police wishes to react to the news that went viral on both normal and social media quoting David Iyofor, chief press secretary to Rivers state governor, to the effect that gunshots were fired at the convoy of his principal at Rumuolumeni, Obio/Akpor local government,” the statement read.
“To put the records straight, after a successful and peaceful rally under the close watch of policemen led by the divisional police officer of the area, shots were indiscriminately fired from the convoy of the governor for reasons best known to them, as against the wispy claim of David Iyofor. No shots were fired at the convoy of the governor.
“The false alarm, which is the usual penchant of the state government, may not be unconnected with the bogus claim of assassination attempt by his principal that is to just whip up public sympathy. “The command urges politicians to refrain from whipping sentiments by toying with security issues to create needless public panic, where there is none, please.”