The Department of State Services, DSS, has foiled an assassination attempt on the life of the Director General of NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside.
Heavily armed men suspected to be thugs loyal to a political party engaged the DSS in a gun-battle at UTC Junction, Old GRA, Port Harcourt.
One of the DSS officers, who is assigned to Dakuku Peterside (name withheld) was hit in the leg.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has confirmed the incident, disclosing that he “narrowly escaped death this afternoon after his vehicle was attacked by gunmen in two utility vehicles on his way from the Port Harcourt International Airport.”
A statement signed by Sylvester Asoya, his Special Assistant on Media noted that “Peterside who was in his car with Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, Rivers State All Progressives Congress, APC Chairman and Hon H.O. Asita, Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC in April 2015 election said they escaped the assassins bullets by a stroke of luck.
“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.”
Peterside who was Wike’s opponent in last year’s governorship election in Rivers State added that it was now evident that the governor wanted to kill him and that he was prepared to do everything possible to eliminate him.