Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
A man identified as Victor Amasi has been shot dead in the violence that trails election of executives of Onne Youth Council in Eleme local government Council area of Rivers State.
According to reports, the late Amasi, was a supporter of one of the candidates that contested the presidency of the Youth Council.
PM NEWS learnt that the killing of Amasi has led to tension in Onne community which plays host Nigeria’s second largest ports complex-Federal Lighter Terminal,FLT and Onne deep Seaport.
There are conflicting accounts of how Amasi lost is life during the election.
Some eyewitnesses alleged that he was killed by a stray bulled fired by one of the policemen invited to provide security during the election.
The policeman had allegedly fired the shots to calm a near riotous situation when Amasi was hit and died on the spot.
But another account indicated that the victim died in a nearby hospital.
However, eyewitnesses said that before the election was preceded by a rancorous campaign among the contestants and their supporters.
Election into the Executive of Onne Youth Council is lucrative as it grants access to juicy financial privileges from the managements of multi-national companies in maritime, oil and gas businesses in Onne.
As such, for election for the executive of the youth council has always been toxic and tense for the past two decades.
“The last election was over six years ago, and it ended up in several Court cases which hampered the last election for several years.
“The sharp political divide between the All Progressives Congress APC and Peoples Democratic Party,PDP in Rivers has permeated into Onne Youth Council with members of the Council and contestants always pitching their loyalties and affinity to either PDP or APC,” a source explained.
DSP Grace Iringe-Koko, the Acting Spokesperson for the Rivers Police Command was contacted.
She promised to contact the Divisional Police Officer,DPO, Onne.
Our correspondent was yet to get a reaction from the Police Command at the time of filing this report.