Sunday, November 3, 2013
Delta Speaker escapes assassination
Ochei, yesterday, at Obomkpa in Aniocha North Local Government Area of
Delta State, emerged unhurt after an assassination attempt. However,
locally made canon contraptions, which triggered the explosion,
critically injured a female aide to one of the Speaker's associates.
Ochei, on a routine familiarisation and thank-you tour of his Aniocha
North Constituency, had barely finished exchanging pleasantries with
his supporters at the Eke Market square venue, when a loud explosion
and its attendant smoke threw the crowd into pandemonium.
According to an eye-witness, the Speaker had not taken his seat
immediately on arrival, as he was busy exchanging greetings when the
canon, ignited and propelled from the rear on trajectory to his seat
on the front row, was inhibited by chairs which, even though were
shattered, provided some cushioning effect.
It was also gathered that the explosives were wrapped in white satin
materials, which made detection impossible, as the chairs and tables
were also decorated in white materials.
The victim, whose left ankle was badly injured, was immediately rushed
to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, but referred to the Delta State
University Teaching Hospital Oghara for further medical attention.
She was said to be in stable condition just as doctors were battling
to avert amputation.