Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Gunmen yesterday attacked the Rivers State Amnesty Programme Committee led by the chairman Mr. Kenneth Chinda, at Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.
It was gathered that the team had resumed duty in ONELGA before they were armed bushed by suspected unrepentant cultists in the area.
The post learned that when the incidents happened, the leaders of the team had instructed other members of the team not to disclose the development until investigations were completed.
A source who was privy to the incidents, Miss. Sandra (surname withheld) told our correspondent that Hoodlums intercepted the team around Akabuka community and opened fire on them.
Sandra said when the gun battle between the bandits and the security operatives attached to the team that journalists were instructed to board a bullet proof car.
She stated that security operatives overpowered the hoodlums and chased them into a creek in the area before the team moved on.
Sandra said: “We were going to Omoku when some boys came out around Akabuka community and started shooting at us. I was in a bullet proof car. Other journalists who were in another car that was not safe were asked to be rolling on the ground till they joined us”.
A security source who confided in our correspondent disclosed that after the incident that the army had arrested one of the boys who attacked the committee.
The source gave the name of the of the arrested suspect as Mr. Celestine Okpaka, adding that he was the second in command, Obiezimini Icelanders cult group.
He said that more investigations were still on to apprehend the rest of the members of the cult group that carried out the act.
Every attempt made to reach the leader of the Amnesty Programme Committee, Mr. Kenneth Chinda proved abortive as he was not taking his calls.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of Rivers State Police Command, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, said the police was aware, but quickly added that he was still collating information about the incident.