It was a sad day in Niger State as three delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been gunned down by unknown assailants.
The Chairman of the Electoral Committee and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo confirmed the unfortunate news. According to him, the incident occurred between Mariga and Tegina on Wednesday evening.
Reports say the delegates who were from the Mariga local government area were returning home after the PDP postponed the primaries to Thursday following a protest by some of the aspirants who had problems with the delegates list. They were asked to go home and return with a means of identification, unfortunately they never got home.
The victims were two women and a man, their identities were not revealed.
According to another delegate, Shehu Haruna who was an eyewitness during the attack said the bandits opened fire on them between Mariga and Tegina and four people lost their lives.
“We left Minna in the late hours when PDP postponed the governorship primaries to Thursday, and that we should go and bring our voter’s card or any means of identification.”
“We were returning 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, four people died instantly.”
He added that the local government which shares a border with Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna has served as a hideout for bandits.