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Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt
SOME gunmen have struck in three local government areas of Rivers State, killing four persons, including two members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
It was leant that the gunmen attacked some communities in the Gokana and Eleme local government areas on Thursday, while they extended their operation to Ikwerre LGA on Saturday.
A source, who identified the two slain PDP members as Lekia Nzeregbara and Fred Teedom, said they were shot and killed in Ogale in the Eleme LGA and Bomu in Gokana LGA.
According to the source, Teedom was said a youth leader in Bomu town and the PDP Vice Chairman, Ward 8 in the Gokana LGA.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Gokana LGA, Austin Sor, while decrying the killings, called on the police to fish out those behind the dastardly act.
“On Thursday, one of the party stalwarts, a stakeholder, Mr. Lekia Nzeregara, was gunned down at Ogale in the Eleme LGA. His death is one is one of those too many to mention.
“We totally condemn that. Shortly after that, at about 6.30pm or 7pm, one of the youth leaders, Mr. Fred Teedom, who happened to be the youth leader of Bomu and the Vice Chairman of Ward 8, Gokana LGA, was also shot dead.
“I was told that those that shot him are the cult boys from that community. We also want the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to do their investigations and ensure that the culprits are brought to book,” Sor added.
In a related development, a group of hoodlums on Saturday also shot and killed two persons in Elele, in the Ikwerre LGA.
It was learnt that the gunmen, who were shooting sporadically, also abducted one other person before escaping.
It was learnt that the hoodlums, suspected to be cultists, who were clad in black attire, came into the place in a tinted car and operated without restraint.
A landlord in the community said, “A group of gunmen dressed in black attire invaded my compound in Elele at about 8pm. They came in a tinted vehicle.
“They killed two persons and kidnapped another one. They (those killed and the kidnapped) are all my tenants. I don’t know why this happened, but you are aware of what is currently going on in Rivers State.”
However, when contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, said he had yet to be briefed on the incident.
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