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#RiversRerun: Dakuku Peterside Will Face Murder Trial – Rivers State Govt

Special assistant to the Rivers state governor on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu, has said in a statement that Dakuku Peterside, the defeated governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, will go on trial for murder.
Peterside who had earlier released a statement saying he escaped an assassination attempt by agents of the state government, is being accused of trying to kill an aide to the governor’s chief of staff on Sunday in the heat of the violent legislative elections held at the weekend.
The newly appointed managing director of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA),“directed his security  details to murder an aide to the Chief of Staff to Governor Wike while fleeing with some result sheets from Ikwerre Local Government Area.”
“The incident  took place at the UTC junction in GRA after Dakuku Peterside instead of taking Ikwerre Local Government Area  result sheets snatched from collation officers to INEC office drove with it towards the GRA.
“He had stormed the Collation Centre in Isiokpo with soldiers after which he hijacked the already collated results, which included the Ikwerre/Emohua Federal Constituency. Chief of Staff to Governor Wike, Engr Emeka Woke is a PDP  Collation Agent for Emohua Local Government Area. Dakuku Peterside, plays politics from Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area  and has no links with Ikwerre Local Government Area.
“After he snatched the results alongside his defeated running mate, Asita Asita, Dakuku  Peterside and the soldiers fled towards Port Harcourt. The PDP leaders of Ikwerre and Emohua Federal Constituency followed suit.
“At Omagwa  near the airport, the soldiers withdrew leaving the SARS personnel  from Abuja to take over the electoral theft operation.  At Omagwa, defeated APC candidate for Ikwerre State Constituency,  Azubike Wanjoku attempted to murder the LGA Electoral Officer when he used his Armoured Sports Utility Vehicle to ram into the Electoral Officer’s car. 
“The SARS personnel with Dakuku  Peterside also opened fire on the rest of the people. The Electoral Officer  was shot. It was from this point that Dakuku Peterside motorcade in neck-breaking speed drove towards Port Harcourt.
“Chief of Staff to Governor Wike, Engr Emeka Woke became a victim as the same SARS  personnel  with Dakuku Peterside opened fire on the vehicle  of the Chief of  Staff. Like in the case of infamous Chidi  Lloyd, Dakuku Peterside went ahead to release a false press statement  on the issue,” the statement read.
Nwakaudu sent a picture along with the press statement, appearing to show a man with bullet wounds on the back of an SUV.
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