Senator Abe Shot, Police Denies Shooting


SENATOR Magnus Abe was allegedly shot with a rubber bullet, Sunday, by the

Police at the Port Harcourt venue of a rally of Save Rivers Movement, a

pro-governor Chibuike Amaechi group. The Police however denied the

The Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Mr Tony Okocha who

said he was with the Senator when the Police shot him at very close range

said they also fired teargas at them, adding that one of the canisters of

the teargas hit him (Chief of Staff) on his leg.
His words,:“This morning was a huge surprise to me. It's the turn of

Obio/Akpor local government to host the Save Rivers Movement, we had gone

to Eleme and also to Asari-Toru, today is the turn of Obio/Akpor local

government and as law abiding citizens of Nigeria we wrote to the police,

informing them of our programme an there was no negative response. We

chose College of Arts and Sciences because it's more expansive, it could

accommodate at least about 10,000 persons that will come out of Obio/Akpor

local government area today for Save Rivers Movement.

At about few minutes past 12, I received a call from someone; highly

placed, informing me that the Commissioner of Police had been reached by

the Supervision Minister for Education and … to dislodge our people today

and I couldn't place it. About 4:30am, our men on ground, who were left

there to secure the gadgets and facilities we have on ground there, called

me to say that the police had taken the place over. For God's sakes we are

defenceless, free citizens of Nigeria, we don't carry arms. Save Rivers

Movement is an organisation that insists that Rivers State must be saved,

out to salvage the state from political buccaneers who want to put Rivers

state into their pockets, that's what we are doing; we are in the business

of sensitizing our people from LGA to LGA. You are aware of a group called

GDI, they go through all the LGAs with convoys of police, giving them all

kinds of protection, including the commissioner of police, he's always in

the convoys, providing security for them and ensuring that what they do in

the LGAs are trouble-free.
Meanwhile, the Rivers Police Command on Sunday denied allegations that its

personnel shot and wounded a member of the National Assembly, Sen. Magnus

Its spokesman, Ahmad Muhammad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, (DSP),

told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that the police did

not dispense any bullet while dispersing a rally by Save Rivers Movement

on Sunday.
He said the group was at the state College of Arts and Science for the

rally when they were dispersed because they did not obtain a police

“I can confirm to you that Sen. Magnus Abe was not shot. The police did

not expend any single bullet while dispersing the crowd.

“It is not true. The police did not shoot the senator, we only used

minimum force to disperse the crowd at the venue of the rally,'' he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Rivers Government has

alleged that Abe was shot by the police at the venue of the rally.

Mrs Ibim Semenitari, the Commissioner for information and Communications,

made the accusation in a statement on Sunday in Port Harcourt.

“Today's attack on members of the Save Rivers Movement, a non governmental

association, at the College of Arts and Science, Rumuola, Port Harcourt,

Rivers State and especially the unprovoked shooting of Senator Magnus Ngei

Abe, the senator representing Rivers South East senatorial district, is

cause for worry and an indication of the length that the PDP is willing to

go to silence opposing views.
“Rivers State Government therefore reiterates its call for the

re-deployment of CP Mbu from Rivers State before he turns the state into a

graveyard because of his intolerance and unprofessional behaviour,'' she

The commissioner assured that the state government would continue to

protect the interest of the people at all times.
“We appeal to our people to remain law abiding and not to take the laws

into their own hands as we promise to continue to use all legitimate and

legal means to guarantee the safety of our people and their rights to

exist in Nigeria,'' she said.
The Press Secretary to Sen. Abe, Mr Honour Sirawoo, said a rubber bullet

hit Abe on the chest and was taken to hospital for treatment.

He said Abe had gone to supervise the preparations for the rally when the

incident occurred at about 9.00 am on Sunday.
Dr Mckay Anyanwu, Medical Director of Krisany Hospital, where Abe was

rushed to for treatment, told newsmen that the senator was brought to the

hospital in a state of shock caused by low blood pressure.

“He was unable to talk or eat, and he was feeling restless as a result of

traumatic shock.
“The implication is that there is haemorrhage; this is a blood trauma, it

is not a sharp one,'' he said. (NAN)