The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and APC gubernatorial candidate in the April 11, 2015 governorship election in River State, Mr. Dakuku Peterside, narrowly escaped death on Saturday afternoon after his vehicle was attacked by gunmen in two utility vehicles on his way from Port Harcourt International Airport.
Confirming the incident, his spokesperson, Sylvester Asoya, has said Peterside was in his car with Davies Ikanya, chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, and H.O. Asita, Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC in the April 2015 election when the incident occurred.
Unfortunately one of the DSS officers, assigned to Peterside was hit in the leg.
“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 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.”
The Chief of Staff to Nyesom Wike, Emeka Woke, has been arrested by the DSS in connection with the attack to explain his role in the alleged assassination attempt on Peterside.
Meanwhile, the special assistant to the governor on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu, has accused Mr. Peterside of trying to kill an aide to the governor’s chief of staff on Sunday. According to him, Peterside directed his security officials to murder an aide to the Chief of Staff to Governor Wike, while fleeing with some result sheets from Ikwerre Local Government Area.