The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and former governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside, has narrated an assassination attempt on his life by persons allegedly handed the task by Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike, on Saturday.
Peterside said he was riding with Davies Ikanya, chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and H.O. Asita, Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC in the April 2015 election, when the incident occurred.
“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 first Aba road then old GRA with the two jeeps still trailing us. We drove to the DSS office to seek refuge and on getting to the gate 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. In the course of exchange of fire, my Police detail Cpl Emma Esi was shot at and seriously injured . This is a very ugly experience but I thank God that my colleagues and I escaped unhurt.
“When the DSS men demobilized the two jeeps we found out that the man at the back of the car who was identifying us to the assailants is Wike’s Chief of staff , Emeka Woke . He has been arrested by the DSS .
“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.”
Peterside said it’s now evident that governor Wike wants him dead and would go to the ends of the earth to achieve that objective.
The Rivers rerun elections have been marred by violence, beheadings and gruesome murders. The vote has been cancelled in a couple of LGAs and the final tally from the rest of the LGAs is still being expected from the electoral umpire.