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Atiku’s Youth Mobiliser Shot By Suspected Political Thugs In Rivers

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The Rivers State police command has confirmed that the Director for Youths Mobilisation, Atiku/Okowa campaign team in Rivers State, Rhino Owhorkire, has been shot by gunmen suspected to be political thugs.

Naija News gathered that the spokesperson of the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko confirmed the incident to Punch.

According to her, “Yes, it happened. I have spoken with the Divisional Police Officer in that area. We are working to get the details, but I can tell you that investigation has commenced.

“We will get to the root of the matter and fish out those behind the attack and ensure they face justice.”

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Naija News understands that Owhorkire, who was on his way home in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State was allegedly shot on Wednesday night.

A source told Punch on Thursday morning that the assailants shot at Owhorkire’s vehicle tyres before shooting in his direction through the windscreen.

The source, who pleaded anonymity while giving an account of the attack noted that Owhorkire is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility.

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The source “He is a native of Aluu. He was driving to his house yesterday night and was shot by some unknown persons.

“They shot the tyres of his car, shot directly at his windscreen and that is how he received those injuries on his mouth. His mouth was scattered.

“As I speak with you, he is in serious pain. His mouth is scattered. But he is receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.”

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The development is coming barely a month after Owhorkire was allegedly kidnapped and forced to denounce his support for Atiku when he was seen in a viral video at an unidentified location denouncing support for Atiku under duress.

It is learnt that in another viral video which surfaced on the internet concerning the shooting incident, Owhorkire was seen with thick blood dripping heavily from his injured mouth.

In the video seen by Punch, Owhorkire’s lips look battered with blood, while his nose and the spot above his upper lip were swollen, as he muttered some words repeatedly and tried to hold his lips with his hands.

He was said to have been saying “I am dying. They shot me now. I am dying, they have shot me,” in the about six-minute video.

However, the state Commissioner of Police, Okon Effion, has ordered an investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident and promised that those behind the act would be apprehended.