Delta Speaker Escapes Assasination


THE Speaker of the Delta State House
of Assembly, Mr. Victor Ochei, yesterday
emerged unhurt from an assassination attempt.
However, one of two locally made cannon contraptions, a lethal Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D.),exploded and critically injured a female aide to one of the Speaker’s associates,who is an indigene of Obomkpa in Aniocha North local government of the state where the incident occurred. The victim, whose left ankle was
fragmented as a result of the explosion,
was immediately rushed to the Federal
Medical Centre, Asaba, by the Speaker’s pilot vehicle.
But she was subsequently transferred
to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara for further medical
attention, and she is said to be in a
stable condition even as doctors are
battling to avert amputation.
According to eyewitness account,Ochei, who was on a routine familiarisation and thank-you tour of his Aniocha North constituency, had barely finished exchanging pleasantries with political faithful at the Eke Market
square venue, when a loud explosion
and its attendant smoke threw the crowd into pandemonium.
The source said Ochei had not taken
his seat on arrival, as he was busy
exchanging greetings, when the cannon,
ostensibly ignited and propelled from
the rear on trajectory to the Speaker’s
seat on the front row, exploded.
Its direct impact on its proposed target
(Ochei) was inhibited by the set of
chairs, which provided some cushioning
effect. The chairs were, however,
shattered by the explosion.
It was also gathered that the
projectiles were wrapped in white satin
materials, which made early detection
impossible, as the chairs and tables
were also decorated in white materials.
The police have arrested a suspect
(name withheld), an indigene of
neighbouring Ugboba town, who is
already helping the security operatives
to unravel details of the act.
Nonetheless, the blast had no effect on
the occasion, as the indigenes trooped
out en masse to welcome the Speaker,
whom they described as an avowed
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