newly appointed Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 governorship election, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, yesterday, escaped assassination following attack on his convoy by unknown gunmen.
This is as the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Hon. Chukwuemeka Woke, has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in connection with the assassination attempt on Peterside.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the NIMASA boss was coming from Isiokpo axis in Ikwerre local government area, when the gunmen followed him. It was also gathered that the assailants, opened fire when Peterside decided to run into the office of the Directorate of State Security, DSS, which is less than a kilometre away from his residence when the assailants opened fire.
An eye witness who spoke with this reporter said the DSS engaged the gunmen in a gun duel which lasted for over 15 minutes.
It was further gathered that the Chief Security Detail to the NIMASA boss, was hit on the knee by the assailant’s bullet and is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Port Harcourt.
A source close to Peterside told Nigerian Pilot that the suspected killers opened fire on the convoy of the NIMASA boss near the UTC Junction, along Azikiwe Road, in Port Harcourt, which is close to the state office of the DSS, as he rushed to take cover at the DSS office.
Mean while, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Nyesom Wike on Social Media, Barrister Oraye St. Franklyn has confirmed the arrest of the Chief of Staff on his Facebook page.
“Chief Emeka Woke, Chief of Staff Government House has just been attacked by gunmen said to be the security details of APC Chieftain Dakuku Peterside.
“His driver managed to drive the bullet ridden car into the compound of the Department of State Security, a stone throw from where the incident occurred. His current state is unknown as at this time. God have mercy.”
However, when contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Ahmad Kidaya Muhammad, said he was yet to get reports of any attack like that, saying, “I have not gotten such report, but don’t think anything like that happened. Anyways, try to make you findings.”
Meanwhile, Peterside through his press secretary, Sylvester Asoya, in a statement narrated the incident in a statement. He said: Two Jeeps belonging to Emeka Woke, Nyesom Wike’s Chief of Staff carrying two unknown gunmen trailed us to UTC Junction and opened fire on my car. Our car however did a detour to the DSS office gate where we drove to seek refuge but the unknown gunmen opened fire again at the SSS men on guard.
“The exchange of fire between the DSS men and the assailants lasted for more than 30 minutes. This is a very ugly experience but I thank God that my colleagues and I escaped unhurt”.
“Today’s experience is not only terrifying but also shows the parlous state of security in Rivers State. If I can be engaged openly by gunmen for nearly an hour in the heart of Port Harcourt, only God knows the fate that will befall members of our party and those sympathetic to our predicament. What is happening today in our dear state is not only horrible but also constitutes serious national security risk “

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  • Dr. Jegede, Ajibade Ebenezer

    There is no need retaining the government structure of River state any longer. A state of emergency should be declared to protect life and property in this chaotic situation.

  • vaneast

    APC, APC, APC..How many times did I call you. It is high time you remember the saying that goes like this, ”you can fool some people some times, but you can’t fool all the people all the times”. Please learn your lessons and stop the propaganda and falsehood. Nigerians can’t be fooled forever. Go to work please. The report here is completely inaccurate, and filled with falsehood meant to deceive. If you are familiar with PH, you discover that the locations mentioned here are inconsistent. This story is one of the lies and fabrications of desperate politicians. The story does not tell us about the person killed by DSS attached to Dakuku, hence they are painting a picture of assassination attempt on his life to cover-up the victim that was slain by Dakuku’s security. Dakuku, you a nice guy. Please be careful with Amaechi so that you will not stain your hands with innocent blood.