The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, yesterday, at Obomkpa in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, yesterday escaped an assassination attempt.
Ochei, who was 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.
An eyewitness told Vanguard that 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.
The explosives were said to have been wrapped in white satin materials, which made detection impossible, as the chairs and tables were also decorated in white materials.
A female aide to one of the Speaker’s associates had her left ankle badly injured by locally made canon contraptions which triggered the explosion. She was immediately rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, but referred to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital Oghara for further medical attention.