At least Three Niger PDP delegates have been killed by bandits

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At least three yet to be identified delegates from Mariga Local government Areas of Niger State for the governorship primaries have been allegedly killed by bandits in Minna

The deceased delegates were in Minna along with 10 others before the primary was postponed till Thursday and were returning to their local government area, Mariga to collect their identification materials when the incident occured.

Verity News gathered that the incident took place between Mariga and Tegina and the three persons were shot dead on the spot in an ambush by the Bandits on Wednesday.

They were killed on their way back to Mariga after the party postponed the primaries to obtain their means of identification, following a protest by some of the aspirants who were not comfortable with the delegates list.

It was learnt that the vehicle in which the delegates were traveling ran into an ambush by the gunmen and during sporadic shooting the four people were hit and lost their lives.

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Primary Election Committee and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo confirmed the incident in an announcement when the exercise commenced on Thursday.

Ewhurdjako asked for a minute silence to be observed for the deceased before also allowing a replacement for them from their local government area after consultation with stakeholders.

The victims were two women and a male, whose identities were not revealed.

Describing the incident, one of the delegates who escaped, Shehu Haruna, narrated how the incident happened saying : “we left Minna in the late hours when PDP postponed the Governorship Primaries to Thursday, We were retuning home to get our means of identification and on the road we ran into bandits who opened fire on our vehicle. Though we were able to escape since the driver was not hit, but, four people died instantly.”

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