The Rivers State government has attributed the gunshot that sent Senator Magnus Abe to the hospital on Sunday, as originally meant for the State governor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi
“The Rivers State government has it on good authority that Senator Abe took the bullet originally
meant for Governor Chibuike Amaechi who was billed to be present at the event,” Ms. Ibim Semenitari, the State Commissioner for Information said in a statement. “This is disconcerting especially in the light of recent revelations that the presidency may be training snipers ahead of the 2015 elections and that Governor Amaechi is top on the list of those to be eliminated.”
Senator Magnus who had gone for a rally at the Rivers State College of Arts and Science, organized by the Save Rivers Movement was hit by a rubber bullet fired from the arms of the police officers deployed to monitor them.
He was rushed to the Krisany Hospital where, where the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr McKay Anyanwu told press men that he was brought to the hospital in shock caused by low blood pressure.
“He was unable to talk or eat, and he was feeling restless as a result of traumatic shock. He did not give specific details whether the lawmaker was shot or not. The implication is that there is haemorrhage; this is a blood trauma, it is not a sharp one,” Mr. Anyanwu was quoted as saying by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Tony Okocha, the Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, was also said to have been injured in the attack.