Unidentified Armed Bandits storm funeral, shoot top politicians, kidnap guests

local news service Nigeria

By | Charles Nwoke, Rivers, Nigeria

September 15, 2020

From this week in Nigeria, update created on September 13

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A supposed peaceful funeral party ended abruptly after some unknown gunmen stormed the party, shot politicians, and kidnap some guests September 12 in Bonny Island, Rivers State.

Some of the abducted victims were identified as Sunny Hart, Thomas Allison, and Theophilus Ibiama, along with several others.

The Local Government Chairman of Bonny Area Council, David Irimagha, and the lawmaker representing Bonny Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Abinye Blessing Pepple, escaped the slaughter.

The attack transpired during a funeral at Finiapiri-Ama, Banigo Isile-Ogono community in Bonny Local Government Area of the State.

While the LGA Chairman and the State lawmaker escaped, the leader of the Bonny Local Government Legislative Assembly, Miriam Hart, was shot along with the other guests.

Miriam Hart is battling for her life due to her gunshot injuries. She had been taken to an area hospital, at the time of this report. The hospital’s location has not been disclosed.

An eyewitness told newsmen that, “Pepple, Irimagha, and Hart were among guests who were in the community to attend the funeral of late Kenneth Kalada Banigo when the gunmen, who were masked, struck.”

The lawmaker and the local government chairman, together with other guests, tried to get to the waterfront to board their boats and escape.

“The gunmen later abducted a number of persons and took them away into the nearby creeks. The matter has been reported to security agencies,” the eyewitness said.

“The Rivers State lawmaker representing Bonny Constituency, Hon Abinye Blessing Pepple and the Executive Chairman of Bonny Local Government ,Hon David Rogers Irimagha earlier today escaped being abducted by masked gunmen,” said Kingsley Jumbo, Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Pepple.