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Dynamites were yesterday thrown at the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area liaison office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The ex-Caretaker Chairman of Obio/Akpor council, Chikordi Dike, raised the alarm over plots to eliminate him and the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha.
According to Dike, the invaders carted away a huge sum of money, official documents and other valuable property in the duplex being used as the Obio/Akpor liaison office.
Okocha, in a telephone interview, stated that the thugs and ex-militants were heading for the Government House, Port Harcourt and his residence in the Rivers state capital, after throwing dynamite into the liaison office. He said security was beefed up to avoid any incident.
The Obio/Akpor LG liaison office was opened following the refusal of policemen to vacate the council’s secretariat from April 23, in line with the order of a Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, before Chairman Timothy Nsirim; his Deputy, Solomon Eke; and all the 17 suspended councillors were reinstated on November 25 by the Rivers High Court, presided over by Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra.
It was gathered that the attackers got to the Obio/Akpor liaison office at No. 3, Waterworks Road, near Park Hotel and the flyover at Rumuola, Port Harcourt around 9:30 am and threw the dynamite into the estate that has 20 flats, one of whose duplexes (Flat 19), houses the liaison office.
The estate is mostly residential, with three of the flats used as corporate offices. Some private security personnel and members of the family of the owner of the estate were seen looking unperturbed.
The impact of the dynamite attracted attention of people in the neighbourhood, with many persons scampering to safety before the arrival of policemen on the scene.
The attackers might have missed their target (Flat 19). When our reporter got to the fenced estate, with huge blue gate at 2:05 pm, the buildings painted white and blue were intact, while the brown door of the targeted Flat 19 on the left wing of the twin duplex, was locked, with a 30 KVA white generator still in front of the apartment.
A Volkswagen Jetta saloon car, with registration number: FS 247 LSR, with four uniformed policemen and two security personnel without uniform, but with communication gadgets, were inside the vehicle and in front of the gate, with security in the area very tight.
One of the landlords of the inherited property, Prince Uchenna Umejuru, said he heard the “rumour” from where he was in Port Harcourt, that some “thugs” who he said might have felt that Flat 19 in the estate was still being used as Obio/Akpor liaison office, “attempted” to throw dynamite into the compound and he had to rush down.
The landlord insisted that the tenants in the estate were safe, with nothing damaged by the invaders.
The chief of staff, in a telephone interview, said: “Dynamite was thrown into the Obio/Akpor LG Council’s Liaison Office at Rumuola, Port Harcourt this (Wednesday) morning. I invited policemen to my Port Harcourt residence, when I got the report that Timothy Nsirim’s thugs, ex-militants and his supporters were mobilising to invade the house.