There was pandemonium on Wednesday, in Ogbolomabiri Community, in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, following exchange of gunfire between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, during a Governorship rally organised by the ruling party in the State.
A staff of the Bayelsa State-owned radio broadcasting corporation, Radio Bayelsa, and driver of the outside broadcasting van identified as Simon Onu, was hit by a flying bullet and died on the spot, while trying to maneuver his vehicle from the troubled spot.
Five others identified as supporters of the PDP, mobilised from Yenagoa, the capital city, were reported killed in the bloody shooting. A Policeman was reportedly shot in the leg, while another Mobile Police was also shot in the stomach.
The Governorship campaign rally of the PDP, which was slated to hold in the area, was disrupted, and party faithfuls chased out of the area.
It was learnt that a Bayelsa State Correspondent with other Journalists who attended the event, were held hostage in Nembe forest for several hours, until the Military came to their rescue.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who was billed to attend the rally in company of the Candidate of the party, Senator Douye Diri, however, condemned the bloody attack.
It was gathered that trouble started when some supporters of one of the political parties started defacing posters and flags of the rival political party, at the King Koko Square venue of the rally.
Serious shooting by armed men reportedly rocked the King Koko Square venue of the campaign, as party supporters waiting for the dignitaries to arrive, took to their heels.
The attackers, it was also learnt opened fire on the protocol bus of the Bayelsa State Government House, along the junction between Bassambiri and Ogbolomabiri communities.
Confirming the shootings, the Spokesperson of the Nembe Chiefs Council, Chief Nengi James, said that there was a clash between rival supporters of the PDP and APC in Nembe, resulting in injuries.
He said: “I can confirm that supporters of the PDP and APC clashed in Nembe, with some persons sustaining various degree of injuries, but however, no death has been recorded.”