Former Niger-Delta Development Commission boss and Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for Delta Central Senatorial District bye election made vacant by the death of Senator Pius Ewherido, Chief Emmanuel Aguariavwodo and two first clash traditional rulers escaped death by the whiskers Friday morning as armed youths of Kokori town suspected to be members of the criminal gang led by Kelvin Oniarah, opened fire on them in Kokori, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Ovie of Agbon, HRM Ogurimerime Ukori 1 and his Abraka counterpart, HRM Majoroh were receiving Aguariavwodo’s team when the armed hoodlum struck.
At least 20 vehicles, including two Toyota Hilux vans, were set ablaze by the hoodlums, who struck at about 10:30am
It was gathered that Aguariavwodo, the two kings and over 100 others were held hostage by the gunmen – reported to be over 30 – before the Commanding Officer of 222 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Lt Col VC Ibeh led a rescue mission that freed them.
A source in the PDP’s aspirant team said, “It was traumatic. We got there a few minutes late and the meeting was just commencing with the traditional presentation of kola nuts when we heard heavy report of gunfire.”
The incident was the second of its nature in about a week since the most notorious kidnap suspect, Kelvin Oniarah was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security last Wednesday.