The Peoples Democratic Party’s senatorial candidate, Chief Emmanuel Aguariavwodo and two traditional rulers escaped death by the whiskers Friday morning. They were besieged by armed youths of Kokori town suspected to be members Kelvin Onirah’s criminal gang who opened fire on them in Kokori, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Ovie of Agbon, HRM Ogurimerime Ukori 1 and his Abraka counterpart, HRM Majoroh were receiving Aguariavwodo’s team when the armed hoodlum struck.
At least 20 vehicles, including two Toyota Hilux vans, were set ablaze by the hoodlums, who struck at about 10:30am
According to THE NATION, Aguariavwodo, the two kings and over 100 others were held hostage by the gunmen – reported to be over 30 – before the Commanding Officer of 222 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Lt Col VC Ibeh led a rescue mission that freed them.
“It was traumatic. We got there a few minutes late and the meeting was just commencing with the traditional presentation of kola nuts when we heard heavy report of gunfire.” A source said.
Kelvin Oniarah, the most notorious kidnap kingpin was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security last Wednesday and this will be the second time an incident of this nature will take place in the area.