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IYC Scribe Escape Assassination, Loses Aide

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 at 2:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Akinwunmi King Lagos

The National General Secretary of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Emmanuel Alagbariya, on Friday, narrowly escaped assassination attempt on his life, when four unknown gunmen invaded his residence.

However, one of his (Alagbariya) personal assistants (name withheld) was murdered in cold blood, when the unknown gunmen discovered that their target was not present at home.

As it was gathered, Alagbariya had summoned a meeting of the Rivers Ijaw Summit Organising Committee, a committee in charge of an upcoming Rivers Ijaw Summit in commemoration of 58 years of the Henry Willinks minority commission, at his residence, when the incident occurred.

Members of the organising committee were said to be waiting for Alagbariya’s arrival, when a bus belonging to him drove into the compound and was suddenly followed by the assassins who were believed to have laid siege outside his compound.

On gaining access into the compound, the assassins ordered everyone in the compound to surrender, believing that the IYC National Secretary was among those in the bus.

When they discovered that he was not in the bus, they proceeded to the room where the committee members had gathered and ordered everyone to lie face down, it was at that point one of the gunmen opened fire on the personal assistant and killed him in the process.

It is not yet clear why Alagbariya’s personal assistant was murdered and many of those who witnessed the incident have continued to express shock, wondering why assassins will want him dead.

Presently security has been tightened around him and the Rivers Ijaw Summit is expected to hold as planned on Friday, June 26, 2015 at the prestigious Hotel Presidential Atlantic Hall.

The Rivers Ijaw summit expected to honour Late Chief Harold Dappa-Biriye; Major Jasper Isaac Adaka Boro; Dr. I J M Fiberesima; Chief U.O Ekeneokot and Chief P. J Warmate for their contributions to the Niger Delta, Rivers State and Nigeria.