Police Deny Shooting Sen. Abe

Sen. Magnus Abe

Sen. Magnus Abe

The Rivers Police Command on Sunday denied allegations that its personnel shot and wounded a member of the National Assembly, Sen. Magnus Abe.

Its spokesman, Ahmad Muhammad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, (DSP), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that the police did not dispense any bullet while dispersing a rally by Save Rivers Movement on Sunday.

He said the group was at the state College of Arts and Science for the rally when they were dispersed because they did not obtain a police permit.

“I can confirm to you that Sen. Magnus Abe was not shot. The police did not expend any single bullet while dispersing the crowd.

“It is not true. The police did not shoot the senator, we only used minimum force to disperse the crowd at the venue of the rally,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Rivers Government has alleged that Abe was shot by the police at the venue of the rally.
Mrs Ibim Semenitari, the Commissioner for information and Communications, made the accusation in a statement on Sunday in Port Harcourt.

“Today’s attack on members of the Save Rivers Movement, a non governmental association, at the College of Arts and Science, Rumuola, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and especially the unprovoked shooting of Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, the senator representing Rivers South East senatorial district, is cause for worry and an indication of the length that the PDP is willing to go to silence opposing views.

“Rivers State Government therefore reiterates its call for the re-deployment of CP Mbu from Rivers State before he turns the state into a graveyard because of his intolerance and unprofessional behaviour,’’ she said.

The commissioner assured that the state government would continue to protect the interest of the people at all times.

“We appeal to our people to remain law abiding and not to take the laws into their own hands as we promise to continue to use all legitimate and legal means to guarantee the safety of our people and their rights to exist in Nigeria,’’ she said.

The Press Secretary to Sen. Abe, Mr Honour Sirawoo, said a rubber bullet hit Abe on the chest and was taken to hospital for treatment.

He said Abe had gone to supervise the preparations for the rally when the incident occurred at about 9.00 am on Sunday.

Dr Mckay Anyanwu, Medical Director of Krisany Hospital, where Abe was rushed to for treatment, told newsmen that the senator was brought to the hospital in a state of shock caused by low blood pressure.

“He was unable to talk or eat, and he was feeling restless as a result of traumatic shock.

“The implication is that there is haemorrhage; this is a blood trauma, it is not a sharp one,’’ he said. [NAN]

2 Comments

  • I believe the police report, not because the police is not capable of politicking, but because this Magnus trick is now another one too many by the Amaechi clique. They are striving to ensure that Mbu leaves Rivers State; so they must raise all manner of accusation, and act rehearsed scripts to deceive themselves and not Rivers people. The Federal Government should just ignore Amaechi and his tricks. Amaechi thinks he is smart, but he is showing that he is truly dull brain. God will deal with him

  • Idagogo you are entitled to your own opinion. I do believe that Sen Abe was shot. Would he have shot himself or what? Tell me one scenario where the police ever admitted shooting anyone. Well, it was a rubber bullet that was used. Who knows tomorrow they can use a live one on you.

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