Police launch probe of attack on Atiku campaigner’s residence

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The Rivers State Police Command has launched a probe on Thursday’s attack on the State Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council, Lee Maeba’s residence on Prof Abowei Street, GRA Phase 3 in Port Harcourt by suspected political thugs.

Earlier reacting to the incident, Maeba said the assailants, who attacked his house less than 30 minutes after he left home, were determined to kill him.

The armed men were said to have arrived at the senator’s residence at about 7am, shot into the air, hit the gate several times after which they scaled the fence.

The Nigerian News reports that the windscreens of four Toyota salon cars and one SUV Escalade in the compound were damaged by the invaders.

Maeba later arrived at the scene with operatives of the Department of State Services and some policemen.

Speaking to newsmen, Maeba said he was in Port Harcourt, the state capital, to see his family and attend some events.

He said, “This morning, there were some uneasy movements along this street. Some neighbours informed me that they had noticed a swarm of strange faces, resembling a gang.”

“I don’t have a criminal life; my compound was empty. I am humble; I don’t do thuggery. I don’t participate in thuggery, and I don’t hire thugs. So, I said, what will they be doing on the street and I dismissed it.”

“Then, around 9am, I asked to see my mother-in-law. But, before then, a young man called me with a number that I don’t know and told me that I had done him a favour before and that I should be careful if I am at home.”

“That they have received instructions from some quarters to attack my house and attack me. But I dismissed it because I don’t have problems with anybody.”

“I just drove out with my security personnel to see my mother-in-law. As I entered my mother-in-law’s house, my phone was ringing, and my nephew picked up the phone and said my house was under attack.”

“They shot at the gate and forced it open. They climbed the second gate and tied up the security guard. They entered the compound and were shouting, ‘Where is he? Where is he? Only one bullet will solve this Atiku problem.’”

He added, “My senior brother was standing somewhere there, and they descended on him. The next thing they started doing was using the boots of their guns to destroy the cars. They got to the front door (the main house) and tried to open it, but they couldn’t. So, they started retreating. You can see the destruction.”