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The Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Rivers State chapter, Allwell Ihunda, narrowly escaped death as protesting youths chased him along Moscow Road in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Tuesday.

Ihunda was reportedly on his way to the council secretariat with some of his aides and security details when he ran into aggrieved youths.

The ALGON Chairman had alighted from his vehicle and tried to make his way into the council, but the youths formed a barricade at the entrance

 


On sighting him, the youths raced towards him as he ran towards his vehicle, while the security details attached to him resisted the youths from getting hold of their principal while shooting into the air to disperse them.

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Ihunda jumped into a black SUV vehicle escorted by aides and zoomed off while the youths continued to rain abuse on him.

Two other vehicles, including a white Hilux Van believed to belong to his aides, were spotted going after him, while the youths ran after them.

Some of the youths were heard shouting, “Thats him, Allwell. Chase him. Who is he? Look at him, Mayor. He is running. Chase him.  Don’t run; you will see pressure. We are not afraid of you.”

But some of his security details tried to calm the youths who refused to listen to them, saying, ” Why is he running?”


Recall that the state ALGON had vowed not to vacate office after the expiration of their tenure on June 17.

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The LG chairmen, who were elected under the administration of Nyesom Wike as governor, had cited the local government amendment law made by the Martin Amaewhule-led House of Assembly.

The law extends the tenure of the council chairmen by six months due to the failure of Governor Siminalayi Fubara to conduct local government elections.

The Amaewhule-led 27 lawmakers loyal to the FCT minister have been having a running battle with Fubara due to the disagreement between him and his predecessor.

Fubara survived an attempt to impeach him last year, which worsened the political crisis in the state.

 

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