MAN SHOT BY GUNMEN ON HIS WAY BACK FROM POLLING CENTRE
Members of Delta State Community Policing (Vigilante), Umunede unit in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, have rescued a man shot by gunmen believed to be armed robbers.
The man, known as Mr. Peter Ozor was said to have been shot on Saturday, February 25, 2023, on his way back from his home town, Ute Okpu, where he was said to have gone to vote in his ward during the just concluded presidential election.
Speaking with news men during the week, the chairman of the vigilante, Mr. James Akumazi aka Spoke said he received a call in the evening on that fateful day that a man was shot along General Hospital Road, Umunede.
He stated that he quickly gathered his men and hurriedly went to the scene, saying that when they got there, they saw some persons whom he said were with him.
He revealed that Mr. Peter was said to be in his car with some persons believed to be his friends when the unknown gun men accosted them and shot him, saying that blood was oozing out when they arrived at the scene.
In a bid to save his life, Mr. Akumazi noted that they hurriedly took him to one of the hospitals in Agbor where they were referred to.
When Ika Weekly Newspaper reporter visited Mr. Peter Ozor at the hospital (name withheld) in Agbor, he was sleeping on his hospital bed and was asked not to be disturbed by any visitor.
In an interview with our correspondent, the wife, Mrs. E. Ozor said she and her daughter went with her husband to vote in Ute Okpu, saying that at about 3pm, she and her daughter went back to Umunede.
She noted that at about 5pm, she called her husband on phone to know why he was not yet back, but said her husband told her he was coming, that he was looking for space to reverse his car.
She further pointed out that at about 7pm, she called him again, but said he never answered, saying that after calling him the third time with no response, she became worried.
In her words, “Few minutes after calling him without response, one of his brothers, Mr. Nosogbe ran into my compound breathing high and shouting thieves, armed robbers, I tried to ask him where they met armed robbers and he said close to Umunede Mixed Secondary School, and I asked him about the whereabout of my husband, and he said he does not know, he said the three of them ran away.
“At this point, I went to look for the vigilante and they quickly responded; On our way going to look for my husband, I met Mr. Ikoko telling me to come to the hospital; I hurriedly went to the General Hospital where I saw my husband in the theater room being attended to by a nurse, but because of the serious nature of the bullet wounds, we were referred to Central Hospital, Agbor.
“But, before we left for Agbor, we went to Umunede Police Station to collect police report; and when we got to Agbor, they told us that they cannot handle it, rather they referred us to FMC, Asaba.
“It was one of my sisters that suggested that we bring him to where he is now, and with God on our side, he will be fine,” she concluded.