Armed men suspected to be political thugs have attacked and shot the Director for Youths Mobilization Officer, Atiku/Okowa campaign team in Rivers State, Mr Rhino Owhorkire.
The gunmen reportedly opened fire at Owhorkire while he was heading home in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State on Wednesday night, December 14, 2022.
A source who narrated the latest incident to Punch on Thursday morning, said the assailants shot at Owhorkire’s vehicle tyres before shooting in his direction through the windscreen.
The source who pleaded anonymity said Owhorkire was in pain and currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility.
“He is a native of Aluu. He was driving to his house yesterday night and was shot by some unknown persons,’ the source said.
“They shot the tyres of his car, shot directly at his windscreen and that is how he received those injuries on his mouth. His mouth was scattered. As I speak with you, he is in serious pain. His mouth is scattered. But he is receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.”
A viral video which surfaced on the internet showed Owhorkire with his bloody and battered lips.
“I am dying. They shot me now. I am dying, they have shot me,” he kept saying while trying to hold his lips with his hands.
Spokesperson of the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, who confirmed the incident, said an investigation has commenced.
“Yes, it happened. I have spoken with the Divisional Police Officer in that area. We are working to get the details, but I can tell you that investigation has commenced. We will get to the root of the matter and fish out those behind the attack and ensure they face justice,” Iringe-Koko said.