by Stanley Azuakola
It was a narrow escape for Steve Oru, the South-south Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last weekend.
As he travelled along the East-West road, robbers who laid ambush between Orhokpokpor-Agbarho and Uwiamughe-Agbarho for travellers, pounced. The mode of the attack seems to point to an armed robbery attempt and not an assassination.
Oru was shot and is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital. He wasn’t the only one – his orderly was shot and killed as he engaged the robbers in a gun battle, and a woman was also shot when she tried to escape into the bush.
According to a source, “Oru was shot in the back as he was trying to run into the bush. Many others were also injured as the robbers shot sporadically into the air. As I speak with you, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan is very concerned about Dr Oru’s condition. He has directed that he should be transferred to another hospital.
“The governor yesterday directed that the PDP Vice-Chairman be transferred from the Ughelli Central Hospital to the State Teaching Hospital at Oghara. The governor again yesterday said he should be transferred to another hospital to enable him access better health care facilities.”