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Rivers NUJ kicks as ace broadcaster, Owolabi escapes assassination

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By Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt

Mr. Segun Owolabi, the business manager, South-South of Silverbird Radio and Television in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital escaped attempt by some yet to be identified gunmen to kill him on Monday evening.

Four masked gunmen men in a tricycle reportedly trailed the broadcaster and opened fire at his vehicle just as he was about to enter his house in the Rivers state capital at about 9 p.m.

It was gathered that Owolabi, a pastor at Christ Embassy, on sighting the masked gunmen, rather than entering his house, drove off, while the gunmen gave him a chase, firing at his car to immobilise the tyres.

Fortunately, he was able to drive to safety.

Owolabi who confirmed the incident to our correspondent said he owed his safety to God and was eternally grateful to Him for His protection.

The state police command was yet to comment on the issue at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council, has raised alarm over the incident, urging security agencies in the state to investigate and bring the culprits to book.

In a statement signed by a its Rivers state chairman, Stanley Job Stanley and secretary, Ike Wigodo, the union expressed worry over the resurgence of insecurity in the state and called on the relevant security agencies to be proactive towards tackling the menace.

The statement further urged the state government and security agencies to work closely to secure the lives of citizens living and doing business in the state.

According to the statement, “the resurgence of insecurity in the state is worrisome. We are concerned about the security of our members and other citizens living and doing business in the state.

“The government and the police should work closely and be more proactive towards tackling the insecurity situation in the state”, the statement noted.

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