Nigerian senator shot during anti-president rally

"Senator Magnus Abe was hit by a rubber bullet and has been rushed to hospital," his aide said

Nigerian senator shot during anti-president rally

World Bulletin/News Desk

A Nigerian lawmaker was shot Sunday at a rally in Port Harcourt, the capital of the Rivers State, organized by a coalition of politicians opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan.

"Senator Magnus Abe was hit by a rubber bullet and has been rushed to hospital," his aide Honour Siranwo told Anadolu Agency.

"I cannot say whether his position is critical or not for now."

Abe represents Rivers State in the Nigerian Senate. He is an ally of Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi, one of the key opponents of President Jonathan.

"Senator Magnus Abe was shot in the chest by policemen at a rally and church service in Port Harcourt," Celestine Akpobarie, an environment rights activist, told AA.

Akpobarie said he was in the church, known as CAS, where the shooting took place but he was not sure whether Abe was targeted or he was hit by accidental gun discharge.

"Abe and others were attending a rally cum thanksgiving program when policemen attacked the place. The rally is by Save Rivers Movement," he added.

Save Rivers Movement is a coalition of politicians loyal to Governor Amaechi and opposed to Education Minister Nyesom Wike, a protégé of President Jonathan.

Police spokesman Mohamed Ahmed could not be immediately reached for comment.

An official police report on the incident is yet to be issued.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ocak 2014, 14:29
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