Ex-militant escapes assassination

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A former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Freedom Adowei, on Wednesday reportedly escaped an assassination attempt.

Adowei, who is also the leader of the Egbesu Generals (EG), a group of former militant leaders in the Niger Delta region of the country, was reportedly returning from a house-to-house campaign outing for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the Ondo state capital, Akure, when he was attacked.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the Egbesu Generals (EG), Mr Frank Ekpemupolo, and made available to journalists in Warri on Thursday, Adowei was attacked at about 3:00pm in Akure on Wednesday, adding that his assailants, suspected to be political thugs.

Adowei and his group, the Egbesu Generals, had recently offered to mobilise the whole of the Niger Delta region of the country, especially the Ijaw areas, in support of Atiku and his running mate, Mr Peter Obi, noting that they were on the crusade as part of their own way of helping Nigeria overcome her challenges.

The statement claimed that Adowei narrowly and mysteriously escaped death as his attackers rained more than 250 bullets on him and his convoy, leaving one of his followers seriously injured.

“The Egbesu General was returning from a house-to-house campaign in support of the PDP presidential candidate in Akure when a gang of daredevil criminals, suspected to be APC thugs, attacked his convoy at about 3pm.

“During this attack, in which more than 250 bullets were rained on the general, Egbesu miraculously saved his life and brought him out alive, but one of his followers was not so lucky as he sustained injuries for which he had since been taken to a hospital in the east for treatment”, Ekpemupolo said.

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