Gunmen opened fire on an ex-minister’s convoy, killing 2 people.
Usani Usani, a former minister of Niger Delta affairs and a Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) candidate for governor, narrowly avoided being killed by alleged kidnappers on the Calabar-Ikom highway.
But the two unnamed individuals were unlucky because the gunmen who shot at their cars in an attempt to kidnap them murdered them.
Usani was said to be on his way to his home town in Nko, Yakurr Local Government Area, alongside the deputy governorship candidate and others when they were attacked.
He served as a minister during President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term.
The State Commissioner of Police, Sule Balarabe, who confirmed the news, said it occurred between the axis of Akamkpa and Biase Local Government Areas of the state at about 4 p.m. on Friday.
He said it started when a white Ford with the registration number AAA 41 AQ was ambushed by the suspected kidnappers, killing the two yet-to-be identified victims.
The commissioner also stated that the gunmen abducted three other people during the process.
“The vehicle in which they killed two persons had seven occupants, including two police officers, ASP Ibor Bassey and Insp. Ebro Ebri, who escaped and called for reinforcements.
“A tactical unit was immediately dispatched to the area, and three people have so far been rescued,” he stated.
Mr. Balarabe said that the rescued persons were members of the PRP who were traveling with the former minister.
He solicited support in the form of useful information for the police from the communities along the Calabar-Ikom highway.
“We are appealing to all community leaders and traditional rulers to help security agencies by providing us with useful information through our dedicated lines.
“These criminals are not spirits; they are human beings who live among them.” “Without useful and timely information, it will be very difficult to nip these nefarious activities in the bud,” he said.
Speaking on the attack, a media aide to the former minister, David Agabi, said that they escaped by the whiskers.
According to him, “We were in a convoy, and the gunmen started shooting at us around Betem in Biase.” My principal’s driver sustained gunshot injuries while the vehicle was riddled with bullets.
“Other members of our party in the convoy also suffered various degrees of injuries.”
“Four persons were abducted, but as I speak to you, only three have regained their freedom, one person is still missing, and my principal is in good condition.”