Abe escapes assassination in fresh Rivers attack

Senator Magnus Abe, the Social Democratic Party's governorship candidate in Rivers State, narrowly escaped death when hoodlums attacked his campaign train.

It was learned that Abe and his supporters were on their way to Mbiama in the state's Ahoada West Local Government when they were ambushed by armed men suspected of being political thugs.

The gunmen reportedly appeared unexpectedly at Akinima, also in Ahoada West LGA, and used vehicles to prevent the campaign train from entering the area further.

Soon after, the hoodlums began shooting sporadically, despite the efforts of Abe's security team to keep the situation under control.

"You know we went to Ahoada West today," an eyewitness said. A group of heavily armed youths stopped us somewhere in Akinima on our way to Mbiama, the border between Rivers and Bayelsa states. They started shooting before we knew it, and most of us ran."

A video of the attack scene has since gone viral.

Reacting to the incident, Abe, a former senator representing Rivers South-East, said, "We went there and they went and used two vehicles to block the road so that we could not get there. Nigeria is a democracy, and we all have the right to express ourselves to the people."

When contacted, Grace Iringe-Koko, the state police command's spokesperson, promised to inquire with the relevant police division and respond.

She had not done so as of the date of this report.

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