Thugs allegedly destroy Rivers SDP secretariat, Abe seeks investigation

Suspected political thugs allegedly attacked and destroyed the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Secretariat in Nonwa, Tai Local Government Area, Rivers State, on Monday morning.

Before the incident, the secretariat was scheduled to be inaugurated by the state SDP governorship candidate for the 2023 elections, Senator Magnus Abe.

Abe, a former senator from Rivers South-East in the National Assembly, recently accused the state’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party of masterminding a series of attacks on his party.

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According to a community source, around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, a group of youths armed with axes and machetes stormed the facility and began tearing it down.

“Reports came that they destroyed Senator Magnus Abe’s secretariat. We went there and saw that it was true. The whole building was destroyed.”

While confirming the incident, Senator Abe in a statement said the attack, like previous ones and threats to life and property, would not deter him from going ahead with his campaigns.

Abe in a statement by his spokesman, Parry Benson, on Monday afternoon, said Abe was determined to achieve his quest to become the state governor come 2023.

The statement partly reads: “The SDP secretariat in Nonwa Tai, Tai LGA, due for inauguration today – Monday, December 26, 2022, was destroyed in the early hours of today by suspected political thugs.”

Abe therefore called on the state Commissioner of Police and other security agencies to investigate the incident, and bring an end to escalating violence in the state.


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