Unknown gunmen, Friday [April 3] night, unleashed mayhem in Obrikom, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, killing a former Chairman of the area, Christopher Adube, and his two children. The gunmen also shot and killed two persons, who were with the former chairman at his residence before leaving the building unscathed.
The incident, which was said to have happened at about 8.30pm, caused panic within Obrikom and its neighbouring community. Adube was also described as a traditional ruler.
PUNCH gathered that the gunmen first shot at the second son and the first daughter of the former chairman before killing him (Adube), who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in the area.
Speaking in a telephone interview with PUNCH, the State Deputy Chairman of the APC, Prince Peter Odiche, disclosed that Adube’s driver was also not spared by the unknown gunmen, who shot and killed him at close range. Odiche, who is an indigene of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, added that the residence of the State House of Assembly candidate for the APC in the area, Mr. Vincent Ogbuagu, was touched by suspected arsonists.
“I learnt they (unknown gunmen) killed Hon. Christopher Adube, his second son and his first daughter, his driver and two other persons that visited him (Adube). The incident happened this evening at about 8.30pm. The house of the APC House of Assembly candidate for ONELGA, Hon. Vincent Ogbuagu was burnt,” Odiche stressed.
He explained that the ugly incident, which occurred barely a week to the governorship and House of Assembly election, was aimed at intimidating APC members and supporters.
The state APC deputy chairman blamed the Peoples Democratic Party in ONELGA for the development, saying, “The PDP in ONELGA is trying to do everything to stop us (APC) from coming out to vote. They want to scare us.”
When PUNCH contacted the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, he said he was still making contacts to ascertain what happened in the area.