By Onome Oghenetega
A supporter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr Elvis Omoiri, has narrowly escaped death when he was reportedly attacked by his neighbor for celebrating the tribunal victory of President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was learnt that Mr Omoiri was stabbed repeatedly following argument that ensued between him and his alleged attacker, Best Uduophori, over the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition which affirmed the election of President Buhari on Wednesday.
Effurun is the hometown of the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Festus Keyamo.
The argument between the duo was said to have degenerated into violence when Uduophori, believed to be member of the Peoples Democratic Party, reportedly broke bottles to attack his victim.
The victim is said to be battling for life at a hospital in the city over the injuries he sustained on his neck, head and other parts of his body.
An APC supporter in the state, MC Paul, confirmed the development in a Facebook post on Friday.
MC Paul who described the attack on the victim, an operator of a drinking Bar around Okoloba area of the city, as appalling and animalistic, posited that the attack was unwarranted over mere political disagreement.
According to him, “I have just received report of an attempted murder of one Elvis Omoiri by a neighbour, Best Uduophori who runs a beer parlor in Okoloba, Effurun, Uvwie LGA, Delta State, over a mere political argument. What are we turning politics into in this country? You want to kill someone over Buhari and Atiku tribunal matter? This is animalistic!
“You break a bottle and stabbed a fellow countryman almost to the point of death over APC and PDP matters? So, someone doesn’t have right to personal opinion again in Nigeria?
“Just few days ago, we were all against South Africans for Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. Today, it is a Nigerian that seems not to value the life of a fellow Nigerian. This is very disgusting, cruel, callous, mean and most condemnable.”
Paul, while demanding thorough investigation of the case, stressed that the matter should not be swept under the carpet, adding that prosecuting the attacker would serve as a deterrent to others with similarly character.
He also disclosed that the matter had been reported to the Warri Area Command of the Delta State Police.
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“I learnt the matter has been reported to the Area Commander in Warri and that the Police are on the lookout for the guy, who is said to be at large at the moment.
“The Nigerian Police Force should do everything in its power to arrest the accused at ones and properly investigate this matter. Justice needs to be served and fast. Until we get serious by taking strict measures against crimes like this, Nigeria will not be safe for anyone. The perpetrator of this heinous attack should be punished accordingly”, he added.
When contacted, the State Police Commissioner, Mr Adeyinka Adeleke, claimed the matter was not reported to Warri Area Command as being claimed by by our sources.